All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?: God Has Placed before You an Open Door. What Will You Do?
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2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Nonfiction category)
Very rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “Stay.” He opens a door, and then he invites us to walk through it―into the unknown. And how we choose to respond will ultimately determine the life we will lead and the person we will become. In fact, to fail to embrace the open door is to miss the work God has made for us to do.
In All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the extraordinary opportunities that await.
So go ahead―walk through that door. You just might do something that lasts for eternity.
every time I hit “hard,” I will be filled with doubt about God, myself, and my choice. But an open door does not promise an easy life. In fact, when God calls people to go through open doors, what generally happens is life gets much harder. Abraham leaves home and faces uncertainty and danger. Moses has to confront Pharaoh and endure endless whining from his own people. Elijah runs away from a power-crazed queen. Esther has to risk her life to prevent genocide. The entire book of Nehemiah is
with a boss or a failure to work effectively. But in churches, when pastors say they are leaving, what usually gets said is “I got a call.” Calling is too important a word to be abused by papering over conflict, incompetence, ambition, or unhealthy culture. Plus, such language often sends a message to congregations that pastors have access to a special “calling channel” about their vocational decisions that other people do not have. God’s calling usually involves very frank discussions about all
for that sense of calling. A call doesn’t mean I can’t fail. When our church was launching a new ministry, a staff member approached me and asked, “What if we fail? Does that mean that we didn’t discern the will of God correctly? How do we know that we’ll succeed?” Discerning open doors is never the same as finding guaranteed success. God actually called many people to walk through doors that would lead to enormous difficulty and not external reward. Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet for
of the world around me, then I’m ready to be a change agent. That’s being wise as a serpent. SELF-AWARENESS Who are you? Andy says that this question is the foundation of all vocational exploration and career development. By having a clear sense of your interests and strengths (those skills that you are good at and enjoy using most), aptitude, talents, personality, aspirations, and life experiences, you can begin to envision the type of work—and life—that would be appealing and meaningful to
a tragedy—joy loses, life loses, hope loses; or it is a comedy—joy wins, life wins, hope wins. Jonah is a comedy. Jonah keeps going down, but then these funny things keep happening. Jonah, who ought to be the hero of the story, told by God to go east, runs west. A prophet, who ought to know better, thinks he can flee from God by sailing to Tarshish. A Gentile captain calls the man of God to pray. Pagan sailors, who in the ancient world were not noted for their piety, get converted to the God of