Vocations, and Occupations
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Vocations, and Occupations (II)

Manyelling"The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need to do and (b) that the world needs to have done. . . . The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."  (Frederick Buechner, in Beyond Words)

If so, if Buechner is right, then perhaps I missed it.  Perhaps many of us have.  Or maybe, living under the curse, not all of us or even many of us can be fully employed in our calling but must simply have jobs to provide for ourselves, our families, and the work of our church and, as Mary Oliver said, keep as our vocation that thing which makes us happy, where we feel God's pleasure, where we have deep gladness.

And what about deep hunger?  What does the world hunger for?  Truth and meaning might be one thing - as sense that life has a deeper significance or that I have meaning.  Or maybe justice -- as sense that good will be rewarded and wrongdoing punished.  And relationship -- that I might be understood, appreciated, even loved.  Vocationally, these longings should be in my sights and I need to be asking about the thing I seem to love how the doing of that thing will, by God's grace, meet some deep hunger.

I have to remind myself that the "job" is significant because it is God's provision for me and others, if nothing else.  But vocation -- that's where I must focus.  That's the summons that should not be disregarded.  In lawsuits, when you don;t heed the summons you get held in contempt or suffer judgment by default.  I'd like to avoid that.  I'd like to show up, heed the call, and see what happens.  Wouldn't you?

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