Desiring to know my vocation is something I have prayed about fervently for a long time.
In past blog posts I have written about how God has been kind and gracious to answer my prayers. My prayers are similar to Thomas a Kempis’ suggestion for a prayer when we writes in The Imitation of Christ, “Lord, if this pleases You, then, so let it be. If it be to Your honor, Lord, let this be done in Your name. If You, Lord, see that it will help me and think that it will profit me, then grant it so that I could use it for Your honor; but if You see that it will prove harmful to me and be of no help in saving my soul, then take this desire from me” (p. 97).
That is a great prayer that helps us remember that our sole purpose through our vocation is to benefit and serve God. And if we are going to do something that benefits and serves Him, we first must listen to Him about where He wants us to go and what He wants us to do. Perhaps Thomas Merton helps us find that “where” and “when” place when he tells us in Bridges to Contemplative Living, “We know we are following our vocation when our soul is set free from preoccupation with itself and is able to seek God and even to find Him, even though it may not appear to find Him” (p. 35).
Question: How do you know the vacation you are called to do in your life?