Elizabeth & Jim George

Bestselling authors dedicated to helping
people live a life after God’s own heart.
They've written over 70 books with more
than 10 million copies sold. For over 30 years,
they've helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s truth and apply it
    to daily situations.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of
    children and teens.

A Mom After God’s Own Heart
A Woman After God’s Own Heart
A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices
A Young Man’s Guide to Making Right Choices: Your Life God’s Way

 

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  • The Pruning Process
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The Pruning Process

Are you worried you’re never going to get your act together? Do you wonder if life will ever go smoothly for you? Hang in there, dear friend. What is that saying? Oh yes! “God isn’t finished with me yet.” You are a masterpiece in process.

Remember the story of Sarah in Genesis? She was impatient, angry, manipulative, unbelieving. Her life with Abraham, Hagar, and Ishmael was constant tension. But God used the failures, time, and even unhappiness to bring her to a mature faith in God. In fact, you’ll find her name in “God’s Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11 as an example to us (verse 11).

Pruning is always painful, but it gives you an opportunity to love God by trusting He’s at work in your life. Take heart. God will bring about full beauty in you.

Lord, I’d love to see my name next to Sarah and Abraham and the other believers in Your “Hall of Faith.” They overcame tremendous obstacles through faith in You, Lord, prune me. Cause my faith to blossom. Amen.

From Jim’s Heart—Work as a Calling

What do you picture when you hear or read the word calling? Most people immediately think of some form of vocational ministry. We often hear a pastor or missionary say, “I was called into the ministry.” The apostle Paul spoke of himself as “called” to be an apostle of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1).

But what if I told you that your vocation—the job you have right now—is a calling as well? Webster defines the word vocation as coming to us from the Latin vocatio, which means “a calling.” And the English word means “a call or summons”; specifically, “a calling to a particular state, business, or profession.” Just as pastors or missionaries passionately serve God because of their “calling”, so you too can be passionately serving God in your work—in your calling.

In my life I have had many “callings.” One of those included being called into the ministry. But, like the apostle Paul, who was a missionary and a tentmaker, I have also provided for my family as a pharmacist, an Army reservist, a pharmaceutical salesman, and a pastor. And, also like Paul, I viewed all of these as callings from God.

Your commitment to Christ does not mean you have to become a pastor or a missionary. That’s not the case. Work done for a church or a church organization doesn’t make anyone any more holy or spiritual than those whose work is done at a factory or in an office or in a private studio. Your place or type of work is not what matters to God. What does matter to Him is being in His will (Romans 12:2). You should approach your vocation, whether as a painter or a plumber, as a soldier or a mechanic, as a teacher or a “techie,” not merely as “just a job” but as a calling—a special calling from God.