By Amber Kinloch
Are you worried about finding your vocation in life?
This worry afflicts many people, I think. You’re going along, checking all the right boxes: You pray and frequent the sacraments, you “explore” (by going out on dates, attending retreats, etc.), and you seek guidance from a spiritual mentor. Time slips by and nothing seems to happen. Where is God? You’re crying, “Here I am!” (Isaiah 6:8). Why doesn’t God answer?
A friend and I once discussed the matter of discerning one’s vocation in the course of a letter exchange. At the time, she wrote me the following:
Being holy is most important. The rest I believe falls into place. When we seek the will of God in the here and now, we will find our vocation, which will become the will of God in the here and now eventually.
These few short lines resonated with me to the core. “Being holy is most important.” Yes! This is our most basic calling: To be holy like God. And how do we do that? By seeking His Will “in the here and now.” Not tomorrow. Now.
This following of God step by step leads everything else to fall into place. For, if we are doing His Will, how can we miss finding our vocation?
Let go of your worries. Trust. Cling to God and pursue holiness now.
He will attend to the rest.
Amber writes from the bunker of her living room. There she hunkers down with her laptop and a blanket while keeping an eye and ear tuned in to the activity of family life. Music set on loop keeps her energy flowing as she muses on the deeper happenings of ordinary life and what food to restock the fridge with.