“…from what we KNOW to what is NEW…”

“Call” is mentioned 71 times in the Life Applications Study Bible, New International Version, 1991.

Stories tell us of seemingly weak-kneed prophets like Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Moses, called by God for high stress, low paying jobs. Although amusing (to us), they make excuses that they are shy, not respected or don’t speak well. Of course, they eventually heed God’s call and proceed to do mighty work. Good lessons.

As we ponder new possibilities, our first reaction is often fear, then maybe unsuitability or unworthiness. Go deeper. It warrants further consideration, maybe even action.

New professional challenges are always scary as we are moving from things we know (and are comfortable with) to things that are new, and uncertain. Sometimes it can be helpful to focus on your strengths and your successes in previous transitions.

Thomas Merton in ‘Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander’ advises–“Perhaps we are stronger than we think. Perhaps I would rather be guilty and weak in myself, than strong in God whom I cannot understand.” A typical “Merton” packed with truth and confusion–but pressing the knowledge that God is real—and strengthens.


Ponder your future work options in terms of the strengths you bring to both the opportunities, and your process for deciding on and securing them. Name the strengths. Reflect too on how your faith can be an additional resource for you.

Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D., President of the Board and Executive DirectorThomas Bachhuber, Ed.D.
President of the Board and Executive Director for The Center for Life Transitions. Tom is responsible for overall Center leadership and strategy. His individual coaching/counseling as well as workshops and retreats focus on integrating leading career development ideas with spiritual exploration. Read more.