Freshman First 40 — Day 34

DAY 34
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

2 Cor 5:14, Eph 4:1

Vocation. It’s really why we all came to college, right? Why would any of us have come to Belmont if not to pursue an education that will eventually lead to a career? Vocation is a tough word, though, because it speaks to more than just a job. It speaks to how we were created, and designed, by God. It calls us to do something meaningful with our life. It speaks to making a difference in the world.

This being the case, it can tend to cause us to feel the weight of responsibility that comes with being a student – and pursuing a calling. Sometimes we believe we have to know everything about our sense of calling right now. What if I don’t know what I want to do with my life? What if I’m making all the wrong decisions?

You’ve probably come into Belmont with a specific goal in mind. This likely speaks to who God has made you to be… and what God wants you to do with your life. You were given your specific interests and inclinations for a reason. But don’t get caught up in trying to find out those reasons on your own. As Saint Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

No matter how we try to fulfill our lives, if we do it on our own, we will always fail. We can do nothing apart from Christ. We might think God has a place in our lives, but have we given God control over our career choice?

God has given each and every one of us to a specific calling, a unique purpose in life. Paul says, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” Whether you know with absolute certainty what your calling is, or have absolutely no idea what God has called you to, you can carry on with the assurance that God made you who you are for a reason. And that reason is to impact the people you are around for His Glory.

Everything that we do, no matter what career or vocation we ultimately end up in, is for the Glory of the Lord Jesus, and, as Augustine said, we will be restless until we find rest in Him.

SARAH BETH FALBE
Class of 2013, Studio Art

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