How do we determine what are supposed to do with our life? Does God have a particular plan for me? Maybe the Universe is pointing me in a particular direction? What is my calling? Perhaps the things that frustrate us about the world are the very things that God wants us to be involved in fixing. In this seminar, Jamie helps you to examine how God has made you, how the experiences from your past have formed you, and the possible destiny that God has for you in bringing heaven to earth.
This seminar is best experienced in two parts. In the first session, Jamie gives an overview of the needs of the world, tells some of her own experiences among poor and marginalized people, and then gives some tools for examining your own personal history—pains and joys—looking for catalyzing moments that formed who you are. As Frederick Buechner said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” The tools that Jamie gives will help you to find this place and ignite a fire within you to live your holy obsession.
In the second session, Jamie gives tools for sustaining your passion. Our natural instinct when we encounter pain is to protect our hearts, to numb our feelings, to even run away from the injustices that we see. As we do, the passion wanes and we can find ourselves settling for a life that is less fulfilling, less enjoyable, and one that most certainly does not change the world. Jamie will leave you with encouragement for sustaining the holy obsession that the Spirit of God has placed within your soul.
This seminar is experienced best when there are times for contemplation and retreat between and after the two teaching sessions that Jamie gives. An ideal schedule for the retreat would be over two days, with teaching times in the morning and contemplation in the afternoons. However, adjustment can be made to this schedule based on the setting and the needs of the hosting church or group.