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12: When Your Broken Past Builds Your Calling | Allan Scott

podcast Sep 14, 2021

Everyone has a story. Trials and the periods of growth we experience give life lessons for us to pass onto others who may need to hear the wisdom we gained from a lived experience. Honoring past lessons allows people to bring new perspectives to the pains that used to drain their energy. Every person who did something worthwhile went through moments that expanded their capacity to follow their true calling.

Allan Scott is a singer, a songwriter, and the lead of the national touring band called the Allan Scott Band.  He began playing guitar at 11 years old, and describes the key signs that helped him recognize music as a method to share his calling. During this episode, Allan reflects on the early chapters of his life that fluctuated between stability and instability. He found himself deep into drug addiction, and always looking over his shoulder for being on bad terms with both the police and drug dealers. Thinking through life, Allan believes that all his experiences add to the qualifications of carrying out his calling.

Today, learn why Allan Scott’s story is related to calling and redemption. Hear why lived experiences turn disqualifications into qualifications, why calling and paid work are not mutually exclusive, and how to embrace joy in the process of becoming the communicator of personal life lessons. Allan emphasizes that calling is not about qualifications or credentials, but is possible by the grace to live out a calling.

Allan gives honest insight on why living a calling is not the easiest task, while reassuring how gratifying calling can make life. In his own journey, Allan recognizes that his true calling relates to reaching hurting people. He gives details about the Story Tour that amplifies stories of struggle without shaming or judging those who share their life lessons. Each story reaches different people. Allan’s story offers hope, healing, and inspiration in a way that others can’t since they did not walk through his story. Allan is an example of why every person’s story is a unique, individual gift.

We've partnered with Allan to provide Made To Pray books on the Story Tour. Here's a picture of the bookmark that goes in each book.

Time stamps:

  • [01:40] - Allan Scott explains why the movie “A Walk to Remember” ignited a pivot in his relationship with music.
  • [04:06] - Allan says when people are called to do something there’s a pull to continue.
  • [05:58] - Being “traditionally” unqualified doesn’t stop a life’s purpose from finding a way to shine. 
  • [07:35] - Your calling does not need to be your paid work.
  • [09:38] - Allan reflects on the early chapters of his life that fluctuated between stability and instability, which eventually ventured into drug addiction.
  • [12:05] - Allan speaks about the deteriorating life choices that stemmed from drug addiction. What was the opportunity that set Allan on a new path? 
  • [14:45] - Allan recalls how he grew closer to music and his calling during rehab.
  • [17:07] - Thinking through life, Allan believes that all his experiences add to the qualifications of carrying out his calling.
  • [19:14] - Listen to Allan share a memory of an event for inmates where he saw aggressive facades melt away.
  • [21:33] - If music is the platform, then how does Allan define his actual calling?
  • [23:34] - What is Allan’s advice for people that are seeking to live their calling?
  • [26:03] - Allan gives details about the Story Tour. What is the meaning behind the tour?
  • [28:52] - Here is where you can find Allan’s music and more information on the Story Tour.
  • [30:48] - What would Allan change about his life if he could?
  • [32:42] - Make it a point to capture the moment of what inspired you in this episode.

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