Finding Vocation

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While praying for our children’s vocations, let’s not forget to find our own. God has called us to something and being faithful to that call is where we meet the gladness God intends for us.

“It comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a man is called to by God.  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 of Society, say, or the Super-ego, 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 TV deodorant commercials, 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 and 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 birth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”


(Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, A Seeker’s ABC)


  1. Yes, to be used and to be called and to be filled all meet in this fine line that is perfection if found in the One who does the calling. I think, no, I know I’ve finally found that line and it is remarkable. It may not be forever but I will revel in this place for now. 


  2. Georgina - November 9, 2014

    So good!  Thank you offering this a/b approach.  To ponder and pray and trust God to direct steps.   The Provision Room introduces us to many interesting people.

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