The Importance of Vocation
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;[Psalm 90:17]
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
I spent the day working in my garden on Saturday.
There is something down-right spiritual about manual labor. Especially when it involves manipulating the earth.
Adam, the first man, literally means “of the earth”. To work with your hands in the dirt is to connect with the very building blocks of humanity.
I’m speaking metaphorically of course. I’m not a literal creationist and I didn’t skip health class in high school, so I know where babies come from. But there is still something spiritual about digging in the dirt and working with your hands that leaves your mind free to think.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of vocation. Vocation is different than an occupation or a job. Miriam Webster defines vocation as:
a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action…
So, a vocation is kind of like a divine calling. It’s something you do not for a pay cheque or to climb a career ladder, you do it because it’s who you were made to be.
Your occupation can change, mine has, but your vocation and calling generally stays the same. It’s about finding your sweet spot.
I found my sweet spot when I discovered that I am at my most authentic when I am working to help people release their burdens, rebuild their lives and rejoice in the moment. Release. Rebuild. Rejoice. The three r’s of my life’s work.
Release is about letting go of the past. Loosing the chains that bind you and embracing your God given potential. That can mean working through past sins and wrongs done to you. Setting aside or paying off heavy burdens of debt brought about by illness, bad luck or bad decision making. Or fighting through a general malaise brought about by a series of events beyond your reach or understanding. Like a monkey with his fist caught in a jar you can be free if you just release your grasp, on these things.
Rebuild is about just that. Once you’ve let go of the things the burden you, you can be free to start building the life you really want. What are your goals and dreams? When you look in the mirror who do you see? Who do you want to see? Who do you hope to see 5, 10 or 20 years from now? Start with the end in mind and work backwards to where you are today. What one thing must you do today to make incremental progress toward the person you want to end up? You build a house one nail at a time; you build a life in much the same way.
Rejoice is about taking the time to stop and recognize your achievements. The journey is long. You need to celebrate each milestone along the way. Pay off a credit card – rejoice! Make peace with a part of your past – party time! Repair a broken relationship – kill the fatted calf the prodigal has returned! Celebrating your achievements, making progress along the journey keeps us energized and full of hope.
My day job in financial services provides me with a front row seat to some of the most amazing transformations. I have worked with people who have rebuilt their credit from almost nothing, paid off debt, bought houses, started businesses, sent kids to college, funded charitable causes and retired in the lap of luxury. All because they learned the secrets of release, rebuild and rejoice.
It’s not just a financial concept. It can apply to almost anyone, no matter their starting point. We all have a past. We all have dreams. Let me show you how to release your burdens, rebuild your life and rejoice in your newfound road to success.
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