A collection of 7 posts


Review of Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado

Cure for the Common Life [] has to be one of the most influential books in my life. It has transformed my understanding of myself and how I've been uniquely designed. If you're reading this, Mr. Lucado [], thank you for writing it. Here's why I love it. 1. It's a clear process. Engineers, like me, love a good process with steps and lists. Yes, lots of lists. 2. It has a clear result. I'm going


Design vs Your Favorite Personality Test

What does Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, and DISC all have in common? They are normative and (likely) they weren’t designed by you. They are approximations of subsets of us. Honestly, how would a 5 minute test be able to convey the complexities of my personality? It can’t. Also, I do not want to be a Slow Loris [], whatever that is. We, as humans, do love a quick answer though and christendom has followed suit with spiritual gifts tests. I’ve


Hearing God in Design

God gets our human attention in a myriad of ways: miracles, audible voice booming from the mountain, quiet whispers, a friends rebuke. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ve not heard a talking donkey (Numbers 22 []) or even an audible voice. It’s usually a still, small voice lurking somewhere out of reach. In fact, with the busyness of life, it takes a concerted effort to tune in, listen and discern what the Spirit is trying to say. Listening to Design There


America's Half Truth

No doubt, at some point in your life you've been told "you can be whatever you want". While this is technically true, it is practically false. While it is true that you can go into any line of work, not just any line of work will fit you.  I could have pursued being a proctologist or a tattoo artist, but I likely would have been unfulfilled and probably pretty bad at my job. How many people do you know who feel stuck at their job or have negative experiences at their job affecting the rest of th


Spiritual Gifts & Design

How do they fit together? A common misconception about spiritual gifts is that the lists in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 are exhaustive. However, they are specific set of skills described by Paul for the church his letter was addressed to. The main point he was communicating about was unity in the body of Christ. Spiritual Gifts Let's take a minute to define the traditional view of spiritual gifts and how they come about. 1. A person who is not saved by faith in Jesus Christ does not have


What is God given Design?

I'm going to make a bold statement. You were designed. It's a pretty loaded statement. It means that you were intentionally created. It means you exist for a purpose. Most importantly, it means there is a designer. Intentionally Created Think of something that has been "designed", a car, a building, a painting, or the phone in your pocket. Do these things come together easily? They are intricate, complex and take planning. The same can be said for you. Today's culture says that you were creat


Shawn's Origin Story

The pursuit of design started for me a couple of decade ago after college. I wondered, "What am I supposed to do?" I knew what I liked to do, but I didn't feel any strong calling one way or another. In fact, the shear number of possibilities was overwhelming. I new I was designed for a purpose...I just didn't how to know it. I spent a lot of time doing "trial and error" on different hobbies, skills, jobs...for a decade. I was introduced to the System for Identifying Motivated Abilities (SIMA)