Entries by paul

You’re Not the Only One

“In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transientas the clouds.” – Robert Green Ingersoll You’re not the only one who gets discouraged.  I do. You’re not the only one who works too hard and too long knowing the striving may not be coming from a noble place.  I do. You’re not the only […]

Go With What You Know

Posted by Gary Barkalow on Oct 7, 2010 in Blog, Gary | 27 comments Over the years I have met many gifted, aware, devoted people who felt lost, stuck or paralyzed in the pursuit of their calling. Then, of course, I have my own paralysis. Every story and conversation about this issue has caused me to ask “why”. We have all […]

Eking Out a Living in the Midst of a Breathtaking Setting

I have been re-reading the book, Discipling Nations: The Power to Transform Cultures, by Darrow Miller.  I first ran across this book a little more than ten years ago and was captured by the simple yet comprehensive why Miller explained the differences and effects of worldviews. This is a great book to help in our becoming “rooted” […]

Trust That God Knows What He is After

The world sets the agenda for the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man.” John Piper I want to share a remarkable story that involved a friend of mine, John Moorhead. I invited John to attend a Calling Intensive in Colorado this past month.  Though he wanted to come, he was unable […]

This is That For Which He was Made

“There is a chamber in God Himself, into which none can enter but the one, the individual, the peculiar man, – out of which chamber that man has to bring revelation and strength for his brethren.  This is that for which he was made – to reveal the secret things of the Father.”  George MacDonald, […]

Wearing Out Our Soul by Attrition

I open my personal journal to you, my expeditions and explanations with God, this morning. I was reading an excerpt from C. S. Lewis’, The Screwtape Letters.  In this selection, senior devil Screwtape is instructing junior devil Wormwood how to defeat followers of God. “The long, dull monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are […]

What Then is Genius?

God continues to speak to me about how we are to live like an artist.  This morning I read this excerpt from The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer.  These words ad depth and color to the quote I concluded with in my last eLetter:  “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist…” –  André […]

Live Like an Artist

Several years ago, I awoke in the middle of the night worried by the uncertainties in my life… Am I doing what I’m supposed to do? Am I where I’m supposed to be? Am I doing life the right way? Are my motives right?  I decided to go into another room so I could pray […]