I first read these words in college, and they have stayed with me and challenged me since that day. . . .
There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than that of society, say, or the superego, or self-interest. By and large a good rule for finding out is this: the kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve presumable met requirement (a), but if your work is writing TV deodorant commercials, the chances are you’ve missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met (b), but if most of the time you’re bored and depressed by it, the chances are you haven’t only bypassed (a) but probably aren’t helping your patients much either.
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Frederick Buechner in Wishful Thinking-A Theological ABC
The delight in these words are I’m suppose to be happy in what I do! The challenge in these words are, I’m suppose to be happy in what I do! It excites me and challenges me to think about how I spend my time in light of what I need most to do, and what the world needs most for me to do!
❧ Have you heard these wise words of Fredrick B. before? What do they speak to you?