We think of the word vocation as a combination of Christian values and our occupational or life choices. We are called to certain obligations or professions, and we are called to boldly and faithfully live in a way that shows others what it means to be a Christian. God calls all of us–not just clergy–to take part in bringing God’s dreams to fruition. We are required to listen for the call and act faithfully in response.
I’ve long thought that God could be clearer about our choice of vocation. An email would be good. I’d be even happier with a phone call. Figuring out what God is calling us to do takes a bit of work. We need to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts wide open as we pray, study, observe and reflect–the keys to discerning our vocation.
This message is an excerpt from the “This Call’s for You” article written by Debra K. Farrington in the March 2006 issue of Lutheran Woman Today, now Gather. Today we remember John Christian Frederick Heyer, who died in 1873; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, who died in 1719; Ludwig Nommensen, who died in 1918; all missionaries.
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