Discover Your North Star

Have you wondered if God has a specific mission for your life? He does. It’s not just your occupation; it’s your vocation, your calling. Author Frederick Buechner says it’s “where your deep gladness and the world’s great need meet.” Craig Glass went through a journey of his own discovery of mission years ago and effectively guides other men through the same process. In this series, you’ll learn how to identify your God-given Talents, Values that inspire you, people or places that tug at your heart, and suffering that you’ve experienced that God can use to empower your service to others. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, will give you clarity and joy in what you bring to others, that they so desperately need.

Episode Notes & Discussion Questions

  1. If there’s anyone new at your table have him introduce himself with: where are originally from, how long have you lived here, what’s your marriage/family status and what is favorite hobby or pastime?
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up?
    • What are the character qualities of that kind of man?
    • What does he believe in?
    • What, and whom, would he fight or die for?
  3. Do you remember having any re-occurring significant dream as a boy?
    • What was the story?
    • Who was the hero? How?
  4. Who needs prayer today? If you do, please say so!
  1. For any men who didn’t get to share last week: What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you remember having any re-occurring significant dream as a boy?
    • What are the character qualities of that kind of man?
    • What does he believe in? What, and whom, would he fight or die for?
  2. Christian author, teacher and theologian, Frederick Buechner says, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
    • Does this make sense to you? What significance might it hold for you?
  3. Our shared 1st Mission in life as Christians is, “To have an increasing awareness of God’s presence, and to be grateful, every moment of our lives.” (Craig’s version).
    • Is this a new or familiar insight for you?
    • How well do you live this out on a daily basis?
    • What gets in the way or distracts you?
  1. For any men who didn’t get to share last week: Our shared 1st Mission in life as Christians is, “To have an increasing awareness of God’s presence, and to be grateful, every moment of our lives.”
    • How well do you live this out on a daily basis?
    • What gets in the way or distracts you?
  2. Our shared 2nd Mission in life as Christians is, “That I would increasingly, moment by moment, in every personal encounter I have each day, bring the Spirit and presence of Jesus.”
    • Is this a new or familiar insight for you?
    • How well do you live this out on a daily basis?
    • What gets in the way or distracts you?
  3. Jesus’ presence was always about: Compassion, Confidence, Conviction and Courage.
    • Which of these inspires and motivates you most?
    • Which of these would you like to demonstrate more consistently?
    • If a non-Christian acquaintance of yours said, “I know you…” What would you like the next sentence to be? (Don’t shrug this off. Think it through and be honest.)
  1. Do you know – with clarity – the storyline/narrative of your life? More importantly, has God revealed which parts of that storyline are based on lies and which are based on His truth? Do you believe God’s heart for you is good?
  2. Do you live your life like it’s the first day of the rest of your life or your last day?
  3. Today is your last day. At midnight tonight you will be with Jesus. What’s the one action – just one – you need to take today that is most important to leave as a legacy to others?

List of Talents (Download Printable format)

Artistic : Acting, Writing, Singing, Creating, Painting, Design, Dancing, Playing musical instrument, Hand-crafting.

Athletic: Coordination, Balance, Strength, Jumping, Running, Rhythm, Hand-eye coordination, Endurance.

Academic/Occupation: Mathematical thinking, Entrepreneurialism, Launching, Organizing, Producing, Expanding, Building, Promoting/sales, Training, Supporting, Modeling, Demonstrating, Repairing, Multi-linguilism, Problem-solving, Reading, Researching, Strategic thinking, Work ethic, Guiding, Money-management.

Interpersonal : Caring for others, Leading, Challenging, Inspiring, Encouraging, Defending, Liberating, Listening, Strengthening, Equipping, Unifying, Connecting, Ordering, Simplifying, Increasing/Multiplying, Discovering, Releasing, Communicating, Public speaking, Teamwork, Serving, Teaching, Empowering.

Personal: Humor, Intuition, Punctuality, Resourcefulness, Staying calm, Time management, Story-telling, Resilience, Self-reflection.

Appreciation to helpfulprofessor.com

  1. Do you know – with clarity – the storyline/narrative of your life? More importantly, has God revealed which parts of that storyline are based on lies and which are based on His truth? Do you believe God’s heart for you is good?
  2. Do you live your life like it’s the first day of the rest of your life or your last day?
  3. Today is your last day. At midnight tonight you will be with Jesus. What’s the one action – just one – you need to take today that is most important to leave as a legacy to others?
  1. What are you curious about? What do you want to know more about?What are you curious about? What do you want to know more about?
  2. What captures you?
  3. What makes you angry?
  4. What do you most want to do?

“For the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.” Isaiah 32:8

  1. Can you think of a wound you received or suffering you’ve experienced in your life? What is it?
  2. Have you been aware in the past how this suffering in your life can be redeemed? How?
  3. Is there a way that this pain can be further redeemed to the point that it becomes a passion?
  4. Who wants prayer today?
  1. How do you respond to the idea that self-awareness is your only defense against self-deception? What are the dangers of self-deception?
  2. Were you familiar with the Enneagram before this morning? If so, was there a new insight for you?
  3. How does deepened self-awareness impact our relationship with God? Relationship with others?
  4. How does greater self-awareness help us in discovering our North Star?
  1.  How is your Bow-String right now? Brittle? Relaxed?
  2. Can you explain how a Christian leader could have so little quality time for God? What about you?
  3. How comfortable are you with silence and quietness? Describe your commitment to reading the Word and connecting with God.
  4. What one thing from this morning’s Journey talk is God speaking to you about?
  1. What are 2 or 3 God-given Talents you have?
  2. What 2 or 3 Principles or Values do you believe in deeply?
  3. Who are the People, or where is the Place, that pulls your heart?
  4. If you have built a North Star statement with those components, please share it with your men.

“For the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.” Isaiah 32:8

  1. If any of you haven’t shared with the group your thinking about your North Star statement yet, please do that.
  2. What is one event or relationship issue coming up this spring or summer you are excited about?
  3. What is one event or relationship issue you’re concerned about, and would like prayer for?