I totally agree, Cajun. It took me becoming consecrated to Our Lady to truly understand that my vocation isn’t some self fulfilling life path. It’s a total giving of self that serves and loves God and others.
I’m not entirely sure what my consecrated life is going to be like from now on. Although, I’m getting a sense that it will be like being a priest: Serving God and neighbor to the point of martyrdom; literal and figurative.
I hope I have the right sense.
I learned that the hard way. WAY back when I was younger I wanted to be a cloistered Carmelite nun. Problem was I was just thinking about what I wanted and not what God wanted. It was all about me and not what I could do for God. I never gave it the proper prayer or discernment like I should have. When God calls we have to answer but we have to answer in the correct way—Unselfishly with a servant’s heart.
Yeah, you’re right. I now look at my fiancé, my kids and my family the way Jesus must have: Love them, support them, sacrifice for them and pray for them.
That is an extremely important vocation to see that they as well as yourself get to Heaven.
Yeah, this consecration is totally rewriting my understanding of everything.
I have been mulling over the blog writer’s choice of the phrase “not about you.” I appreciate his desire for a provocative, attention-getting title. This one certainly fits the bill. It sounds harsh, like an accusation. “Get over yourself. Stop being so self-absorbed.”
However, upon reading the article, and I am pleased to see that the author takes back what he stated in the title, and acknowledges the importance of the individual.
You see, God’s love is personal. He loves you – one person, him, in relationship with one person, you. His love is about you. He has a plan just for you. In this way, your vocation certainly is about you.
In the second half of the article, the author admits this, at least as I read between the lines.
When I started my discernment for the permanent diaconate, I used to worry “if I would make it” and it would stress me out. About a week or two before my scrutiny evaluation I was in the adoration chapel, and then it finally hit me. This isn’t about what I want, but what God wants. I felt like a huge burden had been lifted off my shoulder.
As with many things, vocation requires many things to come together to work out. For example yo u might want to get married or feel God wants you to be a spouse and parent, but in order for this to happen there must be someone who agrees to marry you and vice versa. It is not always a person’s fault if a vocation goes unfulfilled due to setbacks and circumstances.