When I was growing up, people always used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. It seemed like there were so many options! Do I want to be a lawyer, a politician, a plumber? I had no idea. More important to my parents though, was not what I wanted to be, but what I wanted out of life.
This is an important question when we are really thinking about career paths. It’s hard when you are 17 or 18 years old, or even 25 years old, to have to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. So instead, I focused on what I wanted out of this life.
I knew I wanted a family, I knew I wanted something with some substance. I wanted to make a difference in the world, I wanted to affect change. I wanted to work with people, and as I continued to grow, I realized that I also wanted to bring people closer to God. These were all integral parts of ultimately choosing my career, or let’s say calling.
In looking at what you want out of life, there must be some consideration of where God really falls into your life. What kind of a relationship do you have with our Lord? More importantly, what kind of a relationship do you want to have with our Lord? And most importantly, how does that fit into your “plan”?
In the New Testament, St. Paul tells us that we must “live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1). Our calling is not so much to be a doctor or a lawyer or a plumber, but to be an Orthodox Christian and to live in such a manner! We must exhibit our love for Christ with the way we live, the way we talk, and in our actions. We are called to be believers, followers of Christ, and that is the calling we must heed!
As we grow and mature, we will have many ambitions that we and others set for ourselves. In our race to the top, we must know that in the end, all of that stuff must fall in line. We must strive to do well in school, we must work hard to do our best in everything we do, but before all of that, we must have one simple goal: to live a life worthy of Jesus Christ.
That is our true goal, our true calling.