FF40 – Day 9 on Vocation | From Patricia Jacobs

Day 9 – Vocation

Deuteronomy 15:10 | Proverbs 22:26, 27, 29 | Matthew 3:13-4:25

Welcome to Belmont! You’re beginning an exciting journey. You’ll be
surrounded by a caring community who want the best for you. Belmont’s
purpose is to help you explore your passions and develop your talents to
meet the needs of the world. You’re on a journey to discover God’s purpose
for your life.

Over time, your sense of calling will unfold naturally, just as scenery unfolds
to a backpacker who’s hiking in the mountains. On the hike, a backpacker
experiences times when his view is limited, but the backpacker can see far
enough to keep going. The pathway continues to appear as the backpacker
experiences twists and turns along the way.

You will have many opportunities to explore and discover your pathway.
I’d encourage you to explore the various campus organizations and get
involved with organizations that are a good match for your interests. Think
about how you can give back to the community. How can you make a
difference in the lives of others? God teaches us to give freely and help
others, and He will bless us for everything we do (Deuteronomy 15:10). By
helping others, you may discover some of your gifts and talents. Take this
opportunity to learn what you’re passionate about.

I’d encourage you to seek out internship opportunities. Internships are
an excellent way to discover and learn about your interests and skills. I’d
recommend studying aboard and exploring other cultures. Everything you
do will lead you down a path of self-discovery.

You’ll find many wonderful resources to help you discover your strengths,
gifts, and talents. The GPS Center will help you discover your strengths and
major. Career Services will help you better understand your personality and
interests and will help you explore internships and job opportunities that
may be a good fit for you.

Rarely does our journey through life follow a straight and clear path. Over
the next few years, you’ll make important decisions about what you want to
become and what you’d like to accomplish. The discovery of your calling will
emerge over time. We have to travel to get where God wants us to go.

You’re on this journey to discover who you are and God’s plan for your
life. The discovery of your calling will emerge over time. May you enjoy
your journey!

Patricia Jacobs
Director, Office of Career Services

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