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Watched Inception again tonight.   In the last scene, the son says to the father, “You were disappointed I wasn’t you?”   “No,” says the father, “I was disappointed that you tried.”   Before committing yourself to somebody else’s plan for your life, the models given to y…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Watched Inception again tonight.
In the last scene, the son says to the father, “You were disappointed I wasn’t you?”

“No,” says the father, “I was disappointed that you tried.”
Before committing yourself to somebody else’s plan for your life, the models given to you by your parents, your friends, the media, how about asking God?
God calls us to fast and pray about the really critical issues in life.  How important is your choice of profession?

At three separate times in my life, I’ve asked God, “Lord, why did you make me?  What is my purpose here on earth?  Each time He took me to Isaiah 58.  He showed me his concern for the poor and needy and promised me abundant life if I would take up their cause.
Do you know what he’s called you to? What could be more important than following it?

Comments (10)

  • I watched Inception again last night too!! We have a funny connection when it comes to movie nights. I think this is the second or third time that has happened. Thank you for writing this– speaks directly to the season of change and transition the Lord is bringing me into. Sometimes I forget to ask Him those simple, life-defining questions. So good.

  • Seth,

    Recently found you and your website. Seeing you went to Wheaton College brought back memories of youth events I attended there.

    As a 35 year old man, I began working on a Master’s through Northwestern University intending to take my career in a new direction that would pay quite well. For the past month, God has been lighting a fire under my butt, telling me to work on helping young people stay faithful to Him past the dangerous early twenties. Because of this, I’m giving up the two opportunities I have to make big money, and instead am starting to format an organization that will serve this purpose.

    My self tells me that I should be scared to walk away from my current job as a teacher, and that I am crazy to give up the opportunity for financial prosperity. My friends and parents would say so too. Yet, making this decision to follow His will has given me a peace I admit I have never known. I know if I do as He commands, that He will provide for my “needs.”

    In the future I will be interested in speaking with you or a colleague about AIM as the organization/ministry I am startingwill be based out of the Roswell area.

  • Well done, Dave. It’s worth it. Our needs – food, shelter, transport – are covered by such a small portion of the average salary. More people need to do what you’re doing. If I can help in any way, let me know.

  • Seth, thank you for the words of encouragement. I sent you an email via the blog for you to read when you have the time.


  • Thank you so much for posting, im at a really critical point in my life of where to go to college. and i know where i think the Lord is taking me, but i am really tempted to just follow my friend to California for college. And im afraid of losing him. Thank you for confirming that i need to stick with what the Lord has for ME, not for someone else. I know i need to pray and fast, and He will reveal himself to me. Bless you.

  • Rachel,

    I hope you return to read this. You are the type of young person that I need to talk with as I move forward with the ministry I am embarking upon. I need to talk with young people like you to find out what it is you are looking for to see your spiritual needs met. I will leave my email, if Seth’s blog doesn’t block it. If you are interested in talking please email me. I need young adults on the fence, just as much as I need those that doubt and waiver. It’s ok to waiver, we’re not perfect, but His Grace is. email: [email protected]


  • I think this is true in employment & ministry scenerios also. Do we know God’s plan for us well enough to know when to partner with an organization whose common goals can be achieved through our concerted efforts?

  • Jill,

    I completely agree. This is where self must be put aside for God’s glory. We should be working together, not separately because of minor doctrinal differences. Evidence in scripture would be Paul continuance to deal with the Phillipians, even when they began to morph their faith beliefs.

    If we look to His glory, then we must always consider that working with another organization may be better than striking out on our own. The church is a community for a reason.

  • Wow, so true. We always seem to think that the grass is greener on the other side.
    When looking at someones life, it’s so easy to think that they have it so much better and want to be them, or have what they have.
    When you know who you are in God and love what God has created you to be, you can’t help but love yourself because you understand what God has given you to carry out for His glory. It’s then that you can accept the plan that God has set before you and it’s so much easier to just walk in it. Try it,….I know you’ll LOVE it! 🙂

    Thank you Seth for being YOU and allowing God to SHINE through you and your beautiful wife.

    Philip is counting the days…Wow, it’s almost here!

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