We wanted to create a system to help people develop a comprehensive and usable picture of their design. This led to our developing the Life Calling MapTM, which is both an assessment system and a format for recording information about your God-given design so that you have an in-depth portrait of who God has created you to be that is very helpful in every stage of career planning.

Developing a thorough understanding of your design requires using a variety of assessment tools to look at puzzle pieces such as your most-enjoyed transferable skills, core work values, compelling interests, personality type, preferred roles and spiritual gifts. Your design is too complex to be assessed by only one test, inventory, or exercise. Completing good assessments in these areas-and gaining a thorough understanding of what your results mean-will help you develop an increased awareness of how the dimensions of your design fit together, and how your intrinsic God-given design can be used in the world. In addition, it's important to think through what you need in a working environment to do your best work. The factors to be assessed for your "Ideal Working Environment" include the mission of the organization, types of people you want to serve, qualities you need in a boss, working conditions, geographic location and salary.

Assessments can assist you in developing an accurate mental map of your God-given design. They can help you fill in formerly blank areas (such as your ten most-enjoyed skills), clear up confusing or conflicting information, and bring previously unclear areas into focus. A good assessment process lays the foundation for determining which career or job would fit you best. Assess-don't guess-who God has created you to be. God calls you to be a good steward of your talents, but before you can invest them, you need to know what gifts and abilities He has chosen specifically for you to use in this world.

March 8, 2010

Excerpts from Live Your Calling (2005) by Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck. Used by permission of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint.

If you would like professional assistance with assessing your God-given design and creating your own Life Calling Map, you are invited to schedule a free consultation session. We would consider it a privilege to help you discover who God has created you to be and what He has designed you to do!