Thoughts about Joy, Desire and Vocation

In my ministry I often find myself in discussions about vocation. From the very beginning of our relationship, my wife and I memorized Psalm 37:4.

Make Yahweh your only joy, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Although it does not say anything directly about vocation. We like it because it seems to put things in perspective while at the same time tell us that God is not playing a cat and mouse game with us regarding our destiny or happiness. Try to love Him first and everything will be in the right order.

The best scripture for vocation is one that is on a large icon of Christ in the seminary chapel at St. Vladimir’s.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide” John 15:16

Finally, what started this blog post about vocation is something that I read recently. “We all have some kind of vocation. We are all called to share in His life in His Kingdom. Each one of us have a place in the Kingdom and a part to play in the Kingdom. If we find our place we are happy. If we do not find out place we can never be completely happy. For each one of us there is one thing necessary to live as God wants us to live in the place where we are called to live and to be what God wants us to be.” Merton, No Man Is An Island page 131.



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3 responses to “Thoughts about Joy, Desire and Vocation

  1. Jim Truscott

    It’s also good to remember the verses from Ephesians, 4:7, 11-13

    [7] But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift….

    [11] And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
    [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
    [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

  2. Sa Fane

    Perfect quote from Merton on this topic!

  3. Sa Fane

    Perfect quote from Thomas Merton on this topic

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