Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What is Your Vocation?

Do you have a vocation?  In a general sense, vocation is what all Christians do as we live out the life of Jesus.  But in a more specific way, vocation is the special assignment that only you can do.
Dorothy Sayers writes:  

"Our vocation is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do . . . the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental, and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.

It is the business of the Church to recognize that the secular vocation, as such, is sacred.

Let the Church remember this:  that every maker and worker is called to serve God in his profession or trade -- not outside it.  Whatever we are called to "do" is not a "job" but a sacred vocation."
Parker Palmer adds, "Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you."  What he is suggesting we learn is this:  God will not ask us, "Were you like Mother Teresa or the prophet Daniel or Peter or you father or  mother?"  Instead, God will ask us, "Were you the 'you' I made you to be?"

And I love this from Os Guinness (I love that name):  "The truth is not that God is finding us a place for our gifts, but that God has created us and our gifts for a place of his choosing -- and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there." 

1 comment:

Beverly Ross said...

I LOVE these truths! Thank you for sharing! I am filled with energy after this read!