VOCATION BASICS: IT'S ALL IN YOUR GIFTS
A lot of things in religion are couched in mystery. Vocation isn’t one of them. Our call to follow Jesus gets obscured when we overthink things and assume that specific instructions will drop from heaven, like the mantle Elijah the prophet once tossed over Elisha’s shoulders to let him know he was the designated heir to his job.
In reality discerning a vocation is simply a matter of asking yourself some basic questions. Consider these questions ethics professor Richard Gula outlines in The Good Life:
What comes to you naturally?
What have others recognized in you as your special blessing?
What do you have a passion for?
What do you enjoy doing because it gives you life?
Then consider, Gula says, that humility is “the willingness to be who you are and to do what you can.”
We all do some things well, but we don’t do everything well. For example, I can balance a checkbook, thanks be to God, but don’t ask me to be your accountant. Genuine humility is being clear-eyed both in declaring our gifts and our limitations. We’ve “run ahead of our graces” when we find ourselves critical, defensive, and short-tempered with others. We’re right where we need to be offering the gift of ourselves when we can be empathetic, just, and generous.
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications