In honour of Vocation Sunday tomorrow here's an excellent post from DVO app.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace... 2 Tim 1:9 (NIV)
Vocation - Part 1
What's your calling?
Growing up in church this question was bandied about almost as much as "how are you today?" The urgency of the way in which it was always asked made me nervous.
What IS my calling? Am I called? Am I one of the few chosen? Are we all chosen? What if I'm not chosen? What if I'm just normal? I want to change the world? How will I do it? What will I do? Will I succeed? Will I fail? Am I the ONE?
These are the questions/thoughts/fears that would flood my mind and heart at the very mention of 'calling.' The pressure was paralysing and I made many of my choices more in accordance with what the perceived outcome of my life should be rather than what I felt in my bones. There was a sense of sacrifice attached to the feeling of what my calling would be. Not the normal, good kind of sacrifice when you think of things like exercise, practice, devotion, study etc... but a kind of 'self minimising sacrifice' that stemmed from things like my misunderstanding of Johns quote "more of Him, less of me" (that devotion will be coming in a day or two).
We've overdone, over-spiritualized and overcomplicated "calling" for a long time.
So for the purposes of this series, we are going to redefine calling - and to start off we're going to talk about it in terms of "vocation."
Vocation: "A particular occupation or profession; calling. A strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career. A divine call to God's service or to the Christian life. A function or station in life to which one is called by God."
It's the essence of our existence - what am I here FOR? What will I leave behind, and how will my days impact the world? It is the divine woven into our function. You, my friend, are here on purpose. You are not random, you are not an anomaly or a mistake... You ARE deliberate.
Your vocation shouldn't fill you with dread. It is yours. What you do with your life is up to YOU. From the outset of this little discussion, know that when it comes to your purpose, you need to OWN it. And to own it, you need to find it.
And it's not as hidden away as you might think... It's in your bones, in your blood, in your heart.
Have a look inside. What makes you tick? What makes your body feel fluid? What makes your heart leap out of your chest? What makes you angry, what gives you hope, what captures your attention? These are all clues to help you discover the "why" to your life.
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman.
Well, any self-respecting Film Studies teacher simply has to go and see those films that are being acclaimed by the critics and are up for awards, if only to better inform his/her students and perhaps encourage them to see the film in question. So, off I went to see what all the fuss was about.
"The King's Speech" is full of very British wry, self-deprecating humour, affectionate digs at the royal family and tremendous performances. I never got the sense that Colin Firth was playing his character's handicap to the gallery, nor was he simply baiting the Academy Awards voters with yet another Oscar-friendly performance involving physical handicap. In fact, his handicap was much more an emotional one. I felt there was a real emotional honesty and depth to his portrayal (and the swearing is hilarious!). Both Helena Bonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush are worthy of awards too. I loved B-C's knowing humour and intelligence as Bertie's wife (who for people of my generati…
During the month of March I attended our General Chapter in Rome (nearly four weeks long) and it was a wonderfully positive, fraternal, hope-filled experience. Like with many congregations, our worldwide profile is shifting towards a "southern hemisphere" emphasis, but that does not mean there isn't life left in the north. Quite the opposite, in fact. "It's life, Jim, but not as we know it!!" We are responding to Pope Francis' call to "go to the peripheries" seeking ways to serve the poorest, most disadvantaged, most vulnerable young people, looking to respond to the needs of today's youth in the way that our Founders did 200 years ago (yes, we've got anniversary celebrations coming up).
Recently-founded missions in war-torn South Sudan (a community + school - Ugandan Brothers), Mexico (Canadian Brothers, a French Brother for 6 months every year and a lay woman living in community together and serving the poor together), a new educati…
I sent the below message to my teaching colleagues in school the evening, braced as we are for the arrival of “those-who-shall-not-be-named” (i.e. OFSTED, national school inspectors) sometime between now and Easter. For those of you who live outside of Britain their job is to monitor and ensure high standards in all schools… the problem is that they keep moving the goalposts. Anyway, enough of that. Here’s what I said:I think that the attached video teaching is for us right now, to help us not lose sight of who we are and why we are here in a Catholic school. It's too late for the weekend just gone, but try to take on board it's message of "wasting time for God" over the coming weeks, despite the pressures that we are all under.
Even if you are not a believer yourself, give yourself some time alone with your thoughts, if you can… even just a few minutes. The video teaching is by one of my favourite bands, Tenth Avenue North, and it accompanies a song of theirs that h…