Grace to you!
“What sort of people does God choose for special tasks and ministries?” a young girl discerning her vocation in life had asked me. I would love to share with you some thoughts regarding this question.
Many times, people are confused and undecided about their vocation, what here I will call mission in life. Therefore, this young girl’s question is fitting both for her and for many, I suppose.
There are many ways people discover their vocation – whether it is a vocation to marry, to be a clergy, a religious, that is someone who has made a special vow to the Lord to live in poverty, obedience to a superior and a life of celibacy, or even a vocation of living single. These are vocations based on relationship status. But all of us are called to a universal vocation to be holy people, people who love God and love one another.
Nonetheless, in addition to the universal call, we have unique vocations within these general vocations. Some are called to special works of charity and care for the poor, like Mother Theresa Calcutta, that little nun from Macedonia who won a Nobel Peace Prize Award for her care for the poor on the streets of India, or St. Francis of Assisi who had a special ministry by connecting with God’s creation in nature, or the young girl in your community who is volunteering all the time for community services and has inspired many to do the same. There are different ways that God draws us to our calling in life whether as organizers, singers, artists, spiritual advisers, counselors, inspirational speakers, evangelists, prayer intercessors, etc.
Signs you will know God is calling you in a particular direction are; first, focusing on what you are doing at the moment, because your vocation springs from there. If you keep focused and centered, you can discern what next God expects of you. Second, find what gives you inner joy. Don’t confuse inner joy with physical or circumstantial gratification. The inner joy is peace within your heart. Third, do not be driven necessarily because of peer pressure or idolize the ideals of other people, thereby get confused as to what you are called to do.
More importantly, to answer the question of the girl at the beginning of our story, God’s candidates are those who are humble and ready. They are not the perfect people, for actually he does not choose and call the perfect. Instead, he calls the weak, as we read from many places in the bible. For instance, “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no flesh might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Cor 28-29).
Here is the lesson: you shouldn’t consider yourself misfit or unfit as God’s candidate. God’s special candidates for great works are the weak, the imperfect, and the unqualified like you. You are actually more fitted for God’s call than you may have known.
God love you. God bless you.