"Your calling is calling"

Frederick Buechner wrote, "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

What an intersection. Maybe you've been there. Personally I try to get there as often as I can, but most of us (at least some of the time) know how it feels to be these people:

I'd love to pull up a few chairs and discuss this commercial with you. Here are some questions I'd ask: How realistic is it to have a job that brings 'deep gladness'? And what does it mean to press on in one that doesn't? When do we move on to services like Monster.com? Is it possible for everyone to have a job that addresses the 'world's deep hunger'?

I spoke with an Art Director this week about his former corporate ad position. It sucked the life out of him. Being creative, possessing marketing skills and loving Jesus didn't guarantee him a fulfilling job. None of us can accurately predict the time-of-arrival at Buechner's intersection, or plot out a sure course for finding it. But that shouldn't keep us from looking, should it?


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