I am currently taking an online course with the STEP theology program at Notre Dame University. While reading some course work, I came across this copy of a lecture given by James W. Fowler at Santa Clara University in 2003, titled You Bet Your Life: Finding Meaning, and Perhaps, Vocation. Although some of the media references in the lecture have become a bit dated, I found it to be a thoughtful reflection about finding one’s vocation.
At the end of his lecture, Dr. Fowler quotes the American writer and theologian Frederick Buechner:
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Do we see our life’s work in this way? Are we choosing to live out a vocation that honors the trust God places in each of us and that calls us to be our truest selves? Can we remember an experience where we were so happy with the work that we were doing that we literally lost all concept of time for a while? How is God calling you to live a life of deep richness that also benefits others?