Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. Col. 3:17 The Message
As the liturgical calendar begins a re-boot with the coming of Advent, I turn my thoughts and prayers towards the places God has me at work in the world. I have been pondering where I am in my career path and where God would have me serve in the future. I am not looking seriously for a new job right now, though there are times that I’d like better hours and a regular schedule, but that would not be life in ministry… :)
I’m grateful for the work I’m Called to do. So, today’s quotes are important to me because they are about vocation. Think on these words…
The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowlege of its ugly side. ~James Baldwin
“Vocation” is distorted by two disastrous misunderstandings: a secularized idea of ‘career’ and a monastic concept of the religious life. Both are less than the biblical idea of vocation… Vocation is about being raised from the dead, made alive to the reality that we do not merely exist, but are ‘called forth’ to a Divine purpose.
The Meaning of Vocation by A. J. Conyers (The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University, 2004)