Michael Kendrick’s book, Your Blueprint for Life: How to Align Your Passion, Gifts, and Calling with Eternity in Mind was not what I was expecting. It was encouraging, but not in the way I thought it would be.
My assumption was that the book would be another volume on how to discover your spiritual gifts and where to invest those gifts in order to have a fruitful life. Instead, the book assumes you already know your gifts, passion, and calling, and offers suggestions on how to align the other aspects of your life so as to enjoy a meaningful life.
In the opening chapters, the author touches on the subjects of spiritual gifts, passion, and calling. He offers a few questions to ask to make sure you have a handle on what your gifts, passion, and calling might be. In the middle chapters, Kendrick emphasizes seeking to honor and glorify God in what we do.
The bulk of the book focuses on “The Big Five”—five aspects of life that will determine whether or not you achieve your calling. The Big Five are spiritual, relational, physical, financial, and career. The author’s point is that if these five areas are out of alignment, they will short-circuit our pursuit of God’s best for our lives.
By providing a strategy to develop and strengthen each of these areas, the author seeks to lay out a “blueprint” for how to build your life. He explains the purpose of the book when he says,
By developing your personal Blueprint for Life, you will also be able to:
- Identify your gifts and passions to fulfill your calling
- Develop a spiritual plan for maximum intimacy with Christ
- Leverage and manage your finances and earthly assets to make a difference now and for eternity
- Choose and develop a career path to support—rather than take away from—your calling
- Develop an intentional plan to nurture and support your most important relationships
- Maximum your physical health to give you the stamina you need to fulfill your calling.
Kendrick is convinced that there is a downside of not having a blueprint for life. If we fail to balance these areas of life, we will sacrifice joy for happiness, full relationship with God for doing things our own way, and trade eternal rewards for temporary amusement.
Putting these principles into action will help one live with a greater sense of intentionality.
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