To many of us, our vocation is the job–the way we make ends meet. If we are fortunate enough to find employment, we work day after day, not because we want to, but because we have to. Sadly, even though we benefit monetarily, we may be depleting our joy reserves. What we gain in financial security, we may be sacrificing in personal fulfillment. Some of us may have the joy of finding fulfillment through our careers. But for many, this is not the case.
Fortunately, we can turn to our avocation or “a subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one’s vocation especially for enjoyment, a hobby.” If you love to garden, get your hands in the earth. If you love to run, lace up your shoes and hit the pavement. If you love to write, open your journal and get busy!
As we increase our joy and our sense of fulfillment, our spiritual senses will sharpen. Then we will be able to hear God’s voice more clearly.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Bold vocations” by Angela T. Khabeb that first appeared in the June 2014 issue of Boldcafe magazine. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins, and we observe Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.