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MAY 2019 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter


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Discernment Matters
The choices of a lifetime
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DON'T WAIT FOR WHAT-IF

A lot of us have the lottery fantasy: how will you spend all that money if it falls into your lap? Do you quit your job, move to your dream city, partner with Elon Musk in space travel? Do you take a cruise around the world that never ends? After a few minutes of spending that imaginary money, we may feel a bit guilty for our selfishness. So we offer some to God: we’ll also build schools in the Middle East, and dig wells in Africa. We’ll save the polar bear.

Lottery fantasies are examples of conditional living. We’ll do the things we want to do or think we should be doing IF other conditions are met first. We’d be more pleasant to live with if we didn’t have this lousy job. We’ll be more generous toward the disadvantaged after we get the house paid off. We’ll be better parents once this promotion comes through.

The trouble with conditional living is that it leads to conditional loving. I’ll be a loyal friend when he becomes worthy of such loyalty. I’ll go to church more regularly once I find a parish that meets my criteria of a solid community. I’ll forgive her after she proves to me that she’s changed her ways. Do we let others determine our character? Are we willing to allow circumstances beyond our control to shape the elements that are very much within our control? We ARE our choices. We can’t afford to dangle them on ifs.

—Alice Camille,
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications

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