“Everybody has a vocation to some form of life work. But behind that and
deeper than that, everybody has a vocation to be a person, to be fully and
deeply a human being, to be Christlike. And the second thing is more
important than the first.” Brennan Manning, “Lion and the Lamb”
We must make it clear from the beginning that there is nothing wrong with
either when held in their proper perspective. And true, there may be some
overlap between the two; some earn a living living out their Calling. But
what happens if we begin to see our Calling merely as a means to earning?
What happens when we reduce the value of a person by reducing Who they are to What they do? What happens if we do that to our own self?
The God of the Christian faith calls us to be a Person first and a preacher,
poet, or painter second. We may glorify God with our work but it is the
Person that has been made in the image of God, not the stock broker,
salesperson, or senior vice-president.
Whatever you choose to do in life, do it with excellence, do it with
passion, and do it all for the glory of God. But be Who He has called you to
be first and What you have chosen to do second.
The Village Chapel, a non-denominational church that meets on Sunday
evenings at 6 pm and on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm in the 100 year old St.
Bernard building, 2021 21st Ave. South in the Hillsboro Village part of
Nashville. The Sunday worship service includes acoustic praise and worship
music, congregational readings, prayer, and a verse-by-verse approach to
Bible study. The Wednesday evening meeting includes a verse-by-verse Bible
study and thoughtful, adult discussion.