Frederick Buechner, an American pastor said, “Your calling is where your deepest gladness and the world’s hunger meet.”
Everyone has a calling. It’s different from having a job, although those for whom their job is also a calling are truly blessed, writes Linda Kavelin-Popov.
Buechner, an American pastor said, “Your calling is where your deepest gladness
and the world’s hunger meet.” The only way to feel genuinely happy is to make a
difference by being of service in your own special way.
is a shallow kind of happiness as fleeting as a passing cloud.
Consider what brings
you real joy?
Do you light up a
room with your humor and enthusiasm? Can you build something that is solid and
Do you feel
comfortable comforting someone who is lonely or ill? Are you a good listener?
Someone who can
motivate and inspire others to give their best?
Why does it matter
whether you ever discover your calling or not?
your unique gifts in service of others is the key to your own wellbeing -- your
physical health and spiritual happiness.
You were brought
into the world at this particular time for a reason.
The world has
great need for spiritual warriors -- people who have the strength and the will
to make this suffering world a better place, people of integrity who do the
right thing even when others do not.
who worked tirelessly in India with the poorest of the poor said, “Not all of
us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Love is the key to
making a difference in daily ways: raising our children with love, doing our
work with loving care, showing love for our family and friends, helping our
Sometimes we get
so stressed or distracted, we forget the most basic and most important commandments
to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbour as ourselves. (Mark 12:29-34)
Former President of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dieter Uchtdorf told the story that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large
statue of Jesus was severely damaged.
townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been
a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives.
able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been damaged so severely
that they could not be restored.
that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others wanted to leave it as
it was—a permanent reminder of the tragedy of war.
the statue remained without hands. However, the people of the city added on the
base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: “You are my hands.”
Every time you
walk into work with a will to minister to others, or give true excellence to
whatever you do, or comfort one who is hurting, or are fully present to a child
who longs for your loving attention – in these seemingly small ways, you are
being the hands of God.
You are the
presence of Grace, and nothing matters more.