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January 11, 1994

Chase a Composite Scorecard

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So, how do we stay centered and full of peace, all while ambitiously living a multifaceted life and not falling prey to the inherent stresses that go along with it? It starts by stopping our chase of Super Joe, and instead starting to chase a strong composite scorecard.
When I use the term “scorecard” I am referring to a “grade” that we can assign to the various aspects of our life. And when I use the term “composite,” I’m talking about the collection of crucial assignments in your world. Joe’s areas of scoring were work, exercise, family, church, community, and leisure. Let’s stick with these since we’re all familiar with them and they meet us where we are each day.
I also want to revisit one of the main concepts in the “Strong Voice” chapter—our unique “wiredness.” If you remember, this uniqueness is what many today refer to as calling. The concept comes from the Latin word vocatio, from which we get our word ‘vocation.’ Our vocation is the thing we were created to do or the thing we are ‘summons to’.
While this idea, that of a unique calling, is fairly common, I think we need to expand it. In order to live at ease as multifaceted people, balancing several things at once, there is something that must attempt to understand. Here it is: we were created by God with not one, but several vocatios—several callings or vocations. We have been ‘summoned by our Maker’ to effectively engage a number of assignments all at the same time. If this is true, I think it is also fair to assume that at least some part of our unique wiring is specifically tuned with this multifaceted aim in mind.

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