Last week, youtuber Thomas Frank had some interesting thoughts about why “finding your passion” is really poor career advice even though it is so common. His argument was that a lot of millennials are trying to find their path in life through introspection and waiting to be inspired. This, ultimately, leads nowhere. Instead, he suggests that you should find something that interests you and build as much skills and experience as you can. This opens up the door to “adjacent possible” in your life.
“Adjacent possible” is a term borrowed from scientific research. Essentially it means that most new discoveries are made right outside of the current knowledge, or the adjacent possible. Applied to our lives, I agree that most of our learning comes from the adjacent possible - right outside of what we know or experience. If we aren’t learning or experiencing new things, we won’t grow towards any new possibilities. So rather than waiting for a passionate life vision to come find us, we build one by going out there and working hard.
There’s a spiritual truth related to this. (and this is where I leave Mr. Frank behind.) As Christians, we aren’t called to follow our own dreams or passions anyway. (This is, I think, just a modern, Western idea.) Instead of our own dreams, we have been called to a collective mission. We are called to respond to God’s passion rather than create our own. And, as we follow Christ in loving and serving others, God develops in us unique gifts and talents and expands the possibilities in our lives and expands our hearts to include others more deeply. Over time, we find ourselves having a heart and particular passion for serving God in a unique way as we grow. One of his gifts to us is us finding meaning in a part of his larger story, in his larger vision.
It kind of takes the pressure off, doesn’t it? We can stop worrying so much about what we are passionate about. We don’t have to wait around for for inspiration to hit us. We can let go of the worry that we aren’t fulfilling our life calling. We can more simply find some people to serve, work hard at the work that is in front of us, and focus on following Jesus with every moment of our day. I needed to be reminded of that, maybe you did too.
Have a great day BCS community!
Grace and Peace,
Hosting Opportunity benefits BCS scholarship fundsBCS is hosting a group of 22 Chinese students on February 16-18. We are in need of 10 host families to host 2-3 students each for two nights on the 16th and 17th. Host families would need to provide dinner, sleeping accommodations, and breakfast. This program is a great cultural exchange for our students and families, gives us a chance to share the love of Christ with visiting students, and funds twelve scholarships for our BCS families next year. Please consider opening your home through this opportunity. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Phil Warner: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office. We are hoping to assign the host families within the next two weeks. Thank you for considering!
My book recommendation for this blog is The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Carr unpacks the history of the written word and how it has shaped our thinking. Critical and insightful analysis of brain research and social science creates a deep and important conversation on how we should carefully use our technological resources. This book is so important, we’ve added it to our high school curriculum! (More on that in my next post.)
As many of you are already aware, Pastor Dave Klase of Exeter Bible church offered his resignation to EBC at the beginning of the month. Pastor Dave has faithfully served the church and the school for the last twelve years. We ask that the school family be in prayer for EBC as they prayerfully move into the next season of the church and for Pastor Dave and his family as they transition to a new ministry.
For those of you who would have interest, I am linking the resignation letter and response from the church elders here: https://ebc.elvanto.net/posts/pastor-daves-resignation/
Did you see my update video for the week of 1/25/2016?
Philip S. Warner, administrator of Berks Christian School.