We should be asking God, not ourselves, what we’re supposed to do with our lives

By Father Jonathan Wallis

Vocations Director

North Texas Catholic

2/28/2014

How many times have you been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is a very common question from our days in school. Yet, how often have we been asked, “What does God want you to be when you grow up?” This question changes things considerably.

The first question focuses us on ourselves. We might put together a personal inventory of strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, talents and foibles. From these, we might narrow down career paths and jobs; find a school where we might learn a trade; then go to work.

However, when we ask what God wants us to do, this puts the question in his hands. There is no single type of person God calls to follow Him. We may not feel especially worthy to follow Him as a priest, nun, or religious brother or sister, but He is the one who calls. Our task is to be open to his call.

It is also important to remember that all of us have a responsibility in encouraging each other to hear the call of Jesus Christ. Please encourage young people to ask God, “What do you wish me to do?” If you happen to see a young man who might make a good priest, ask him to consider a vocation to the priesthood. If you see a young woman who might make a good nun, please encourage her to prayerfully consider this vocation.

There are many competing voices in the world. There are some which desire to drown out the voice of Jesus Christ in our lives. Simply asking someone to listen to what Jesus Christ desires for them is a powerful way to make God’s voice heard.

We all have a part to play in encouraging vocations. Please be courageous in listening to the voice of God and following what He tells you to do. If you have found your vocation, please encourage and assist others to do the same.

The first disciples heard and followed the voice of Jesus Christ. May we both listen for and follow his voice in our lives. 

How many times have you been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is a very common question from our days in school. Yet, how often have we been asked, “What does God want you to be when you grow up?” This question changes things considerably.

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