About a year or more ago our own John Bergquist was taking what seemed like a typical call from a potential client. The man got John’s number from the same kind of friend-of-a-friend network that makes up a good chunk of the pipeline business runs on in the social-media era and John was telling this man about the company, history, services…that sort of thing.
At one point John mentions his work with another team member, Chris Skaggs, and the man on the other end of the line stops John short to clarify, “Chris Skaggs? Like Boot Camp Northwest Chris Skaggs?”
John replies, “Yeah…why?”
To cut to the chase we soon found out that God was completing a circuit after many years to show what Christ can do in one man’s life. This gentleman, in his own words, came to a camp several years ago when his life was falling apart. He knew Glen professionally and came out to Wild Horse Canyon with far more questions than answers, quite uncertain about where his life was going. Somewhere in that weekend God confirmed his calling and set off a chain of events that has now led to a completed movie script that reveals the true power, love and beauty of our Lord – a path that had now come full circle to where JB was on the phone getting major Jesus chills as the story unfolded. In that moment, he took a road not unlike Abraham, Jacob or Isaac. He accepted a challenge like Peter, Paul or Matthew.
The man found his calling – and was now living boldly in it.
His life was no longer his own and it would never be the same.
If Boot Camp were to be summed up as a ‘you are here‘ experience – a time to stop and look at our lives to see where we’ve actually come to when all our wounds and strengths, victories and losses get summed together – then the next step is for us to ask
‘where am I going?‘
and that question is best answered by understanding your calling.
If you knew – really knew what God made you for how would that change your life?
If you could get even one minute of total clarity on the path God laid out for your life, what would that be worth to you?
Finding our deep, God-given hearts is how we find life in the midst of a dead world. Finding our calling is how we bring our own weightiness to the battle that Christ asks us to join.
We are so excited to have this Calling Intensive as a second part to our 1st calling event in October 2011. Several of us have known Gary Barkalow for years and having him back out here again feels like God bringing another long circuit around. We hope you’ll join us.
A Calling Intensive with Gary Barkalow
February 22-24, 2013
Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center; 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292 (Click here for Map & Directions)
Register on Gary’s site