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Have you noticed there has been a recent influx of “find your calling/passion” sort of books?  Fortunately, I have also found that Jeff Goins is a brilliant voice in the middle of such a crowded field of authors.  Goins’ work came into my life several years back through a little ebook he wrote called “You are a writer, so start acting like one.”  I am happy to say that Goins does not disappoint in his recent book “The Art of Work.”

Goins attempts to provide a pathway for those seeking what they are meant to do.  For those searching for their calling, he breaks down our trajectory to these major topics:

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Connecting with a teacher through apprenticeships

Practicing with purpose

Making intentional decisions through

Failing well

Mastering a trade

What I found refreshing toward the end of his work, was how he summed up his message.  For Goins, art is not the main thing.  Borrowing from Stephen King, life is not a support system for art.  Art comes secondary, art comes through the experience of life.  Our life, in a sense, becomes the magnum opus, and no amount of success is worth losing the ones we love.

As you continue on your adventure of life, I would recommend that you consider picking up “The Art of Work.”  It is more than the typical “go find your passion” sort of book, instead it is filled with gracious wisdom and encouragement.  Find your passion, of course, but don’t let it consume you.  Live life and realize that your work will never be done.  Ultimately in Jesus, our life’s story will be woven into the tapestry of God’s Kingdom and our work will not be in vain.

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