Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Are You Operating in Your Sweet Spot? by Diana Flegal

Vocation: the place where your deep gladness and the world's hunger meet
Fredrick Bulchner

My Pastor, Nick Honercamp, just completed a series on Worship and Ministry, wraping it up relating it all to our J.O.B.'s

When I saw this quote in a book I am currrently reading, I thought it complimented those recent messages.

He is definitely talking about operating in your sweet spot and your giftings.

Max Lucado's book, The Cure for the Common Life is one of those books that inspire a shift in one's life, changes the operating parameters- shakes things up and it never goes back to being the same. I like reading books like that. I am blessed to sit in a church each week and be challenged like that.

deep gladness meeting the worlds hunger I want to be all over that one. I have known that in snatches, and feel that my vocation as a literary agent could be described like this, sometimes. It has the potential to be that more often. I am asking God and the Holy Spirit to fine tune me to cooperate more fully so I might realize this on a daily basis.

How about you?

When you are writing, are you there in a place of deep gladness?


Linda Glaz said...

Yes! And I think it comes from that ability to be happy in all circumstances. I always think of Corrie Ten Boom who brought joy not only to herself in the midst of despair, but to so many others. I think that's where deep gladness and hunger meet.

Carol McClain said...

I think, as a writer, I have to work from my sweet spot. It's the main reward. At the moment, I'm unpublished in fiction, and I have friends published in fiction. For all of us, the physical rewards are slim. However, creating a world from nothing sounds like something God would do.

Jeanette Levellie said...

When words fly from my heart to the page, and cause my soul to stir and my eyes to mist, I know this is where God wants me, because I'm not smart enough to create alone.

When I give a book to a teenager working at McDonald's and she hugs it like it's a friend, I know I've spent my time well.

All those low-level devils of doubt and despair only reinforce the calling.

If only one book, one article, or one word touches another and draws them closer to Jesus' side, it's worth all the pain.

Now next time I call you in tears, please read this to me, Diana. HA!

Diana said...

Corrie Ten Boom is a fav of mine too Linda.
Carol,love your phrase: creating a world from nothing sounds like something God would do.
I agree.
Jen, you got it :-)It is the one on one where we have that ministry, isn't it?

Davalyn Spencer said...

Yes, it's why I do what I do. Little reward other than that "knowing" moment that somehow I used those biblical "talents" the way the Master intended. Such joy!

Robin Bayne said...

That's a great way to describe our state of mind!

DenaNetherton said...

I was told something like that over and over while studying to be a professional musician: the world hungers for the beauty that you, as an artist, bring. I don't have a big ego, but I often hope that what I write will bring some nugget of truth, some whisper of encouragement to some weary soul. The thought makes me shiver!

Anne Love said...

What a great post Linda. Some days the spot is sweeter than others. But yes, I think I can say I'm operating out of that sweet spot. I'll have to check out Max Lucado's book you mentioned.