This is from the book Ordering your Private World by Gordon MacDonald.

There are Driven people and there are called people in his terminology. We have seen in a previous post what a driven person is like and how to recognize them in the comment section.

Now comes a comparison between the called and the driven for you to consider:

Driven people often project a bravado of confidence as they forge ahead with their achievement-oriented life life plan. But, often at the moment when it is least expected, adversities and obstructions conspire, and there can be personal collapse.

Called people, on the other hand, possess strength from within, a quality of perseverance and power that are impervious to the blows from without.

Called people understand stewardship. John the Baptist understood that he was only managing something on behalf of the owner. He knew that the crowds were never his. He gladly decreased while Jesus increased.

King Saul, on the other hand, believed that he owned the throne and could do anything with it that he wanted.

When driven people lose things it is a major crisis. When called people lose them, nothing of substance has changed. The private world remains the same, perhaps even stronger.

Called people know exactly who they are. The driven get their identities confused. They are what they do. Sometimes this makes it difficult for the driven to retire or give up their position.

Called people possess an unwavering sense of purpose.

Called people practice unswerving commitment.

A called person, because he is a steward, he knows who he is, because he is purposeful–anticipates the day when it is time to step back and let go.

Driven people have to keep gaining more and more attention, more and more power, more and more material assets. They have to hold on, they cannot let go. Too much of themselves is wound up in what they are doing.

About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.
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