I recall clearly after high school trying to decide which college I should attend to pursue a vocation in teaching. ?My calling (though I would probably not have used that term then) was clear – I wanted to be a teacher, a secondary maths/science teacher specifically. ?
But the big question was whether to head to the bright lights of Brisbane or the safer and more familiar environment of nearby Toowoomba. Funny, it does not sound like such a big question now.?
Eventually, after prayer and consideration of the pros and cons with my parents, I decided on Toowoomba. ?Of course, that started a chain of events including meeting a delightful young woman through the activities of the Christian Fellowship group we established who would later become my wife!?
It never occurred to me then that I had around 100,000 hours of work in front of me. ?It would have been helpful to have this advice on Christian vocation from the people at the Desiring God site – 100,000 hours: Eight aims for your career?(HT to the DistinctDisciples folk).
Here’s a list of the 8 suggestions and a final paragraph that grabbed my attention:
- Aspire to make much of God
- Aspire to do God?s work
- Aspire to find your joy in God, not money
- Aspire to confound the world
- Aspire to provide for your family
- Aspire to overflow to others
- Aspire to build and protect the church
- Aspire to work for what lasts
“Whether you?re writing sermons at a desk, selling desks, putting them together, or harvesting the lumber, God can use you uniquely and powerfully for his cause in the world.”
You can read the full article here.
Murray Wright, 10 February 2014 ?(Still in?Toowoomba (though we did get brave and move away for a few years!)