How to Discover Your Calling
In these promiscuous times, when people find it difficult to stay in one community or church for more than ten months, and with one spouse for more than ten years, it is no surprise that we jump around from calling to calling, often reducing a vocation to a job and thereby finding little satisfaction.
"But we urge you, brethren, to … aspire to live quietly, to mind your own business, and to work well with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one" (1 Thes. 4:11-12).
At once simple and profound, the apostle's common-sense approach to piety is revolutionary for many of us who were reared with quite different expectations. For instance, the experience in many churches involves being collectively castigated from the pulpit as "lukewarm" or short of "sold out" to Jesus for ...