Probably I’m one of the oldest readers of Relevant magazine – a thoughtful, sometimes edgy, Christian-oriented publication geared to readers in their twenties and thirties. The May-June 2012 issue looks at Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and the recently released film that builds on the book. Relevant calls Miller“the voice of a generation” whose “groundbreaking” memoir wrestled with questions of faith, doubt and worldview. The book “tapped a nerve, gave voice to a restless generation, and helped serve as a catalyst to new ways of thinking and living” and being a Christ-follower. I read the book when it first came out and but was more impacted by Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Here he wrote about looking at our lives and shaping new life stories that could be visions for how we live in the future.
Why would this interest the coaches, counselors, leaders and others who read these words? Like most of my closest friends, Miller and some Relevant editors are around 40, looking back on their life journeys and thinking about where they want to go next. Most of us do this more than once as we go through life and so do the people we work with. “When we look back on our journeys, we should cringe from time to time,” writes Relevant founder Cameron Strang. “The things we were so sure of, passions we had, mistakes we made—it’s all part of becoming who we are today” and helping to clarify where we go tomorrow.
Into this mix is an interesting article on “ways to find your calling” whatever one’s age. Some of this is basic – the questions coaches and ministry leaders ask often: What are your strengths and passions? What do your friends think you should do with your life? What bothers you so much that you feel compelled to bring change? Add these questions: What brings you joy? What holds you back? Where is God at work where you might be involved? What would you like others to notice about you? How would you like to be remembered?
How have you used events or questions like these to help yourself or others reshape their futures? Please comment.