Monday, January 01, 2007


Have you ever thought about the kind of work you do? Life is too short to work at something you don't enjoy, if you have a choice. Here's something I've found really helpful about vocation:

Frederich Buechner says Vocation – comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a person is called to by God. Buechner says there are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than Society, say, or the Superego, or Self-Interest. By and large a good rule for finding out is this: the kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve presumably met requirement (a), but if your work is writing cigarette ads, the chances are you’ve missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement (b), but if most of the time you’re bored or depressed by it, the chances are you have not only bypassed (a), but probably aren’t helping your patients much either. Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. From: Wishful Thinking, A Theological ABC, by Frederick Buechner

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