[quote="CanMan86, post:1, topic:339224"]
I find I am afraid to open myself up to God's will because I'm worried He'll want me to be a priest. The only time I think about becoming a priest is when I worry about the idea of God wanting me to be one. It's kind of a scrupulous thing. The only other time is when I think - man I would give awesome homilies if I were a priest.
I've always dreamed of falling in love and raising a family so the thought of becoming a priest scares me. It's scary surrendering oneself to God's will because you don't know what he will ask of you.
Anyone have a similar experience? Any words of encouragement?
Well, I am a girl, so I'm afraid I can't relate to being called to the Priesthood :o However, when I first had a thought of entering the religious life, I was terrified. Why was I terrified? For starters, I was scared that God was calling me to do something that I didn't want to do. I have always pictured myself as a consecrated single, because I have no attraction to marriage, and I wasn't too religious then. The mere thought of becoming a Nun/Sister was otherworldly for me. Next, my parents are very against the Catholic faith, because of the recent history of the Church. Because of this, I was baptized in the Greek Orthodox Church. This vocation of mine would involve me converting, and I honestly don't know how my parents will react when I tell them.
So, not to sound rude or anything, but if you are only afraid of what God is calling you to, you really have nothing to worry about. God has a path, and a plan, for everyone. You must remember that. No matter what you do, no matter if you marry or enter Seminary, it is all a part of His plan for you!
I friend of mine sent me this video, and it really helped me out a lot. I thought you might enjoy it, as well! It talks about what a vocation is: youtube.com/watch?v=Gq4CIeALeSo
I also found these videos he made, as well:
This video is entitled, "Be Not Afraid," and it talks about not being afraid of God's call: youtube.com/watch?v=NfN9v5BTCfA
This video is entitled, "How To Discern," and it explains how to know when the right time is, it goes through the "Three Steps," and is overall really informative: youtube.com/watch?v=N0WXdZKtZLw
I hope I could help you out! Much love to you!