Not very many of us would say that we hear the voice of God calling us to something in particular. Instead we hear a request from someone at the other end of the phone line. We read the pleading e-mail. We listen to the people around the table, and we hear them say, “I need your help.”
We find out about disasters and suffering halfway around the world, and we think, “I could do something about that.” Or our imaginations are captured by some problem in search of a solution, and we say to ourselves, “Wow, I would really love to work on that.”
This is exactly the way God calls us—through the voices of other people. Sometimes someone who needs our skills calls us. Maybe someone notices our capabilities and points out that we could do something well that needs doing. We hear the voice of another person, but God is calling us through them.
This message is adapted from “Good Work” written by Karen Melang in the October 2006 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather magazine).