Vocation

I’ve been thinking about vocation lately. Martin Luther’s view on vocation is that we serve Christ, by doing what we do, doing it well, and therefore serving your neighbor. This view of vocation has been especially comforting to me in my journey of motherhood. I have a college degree, yet I have not worked full time outside the home since Andrew was born in June of 1996. Am I of less use to society than a woman who runs a successful business AND gets dinner on the table (all organic) for her family as well?

Admittedly, I do not fulfill my vocation of wife and mother even close to the best that I can, and perhaps I fail a bit in the serving God and serving my neighbor as well. I have the best of intentions, but my human failings are an obvious blemish.

I’ve been pondering vocation a lot lately because of a classmate of Andrew’s, named Taylor. She just found out that she is battling cancer a second time. I am seeing so many people living out their vocations and serving Taylor. From the doctors that treat her with such knowledge and wisdom, both at the Mayo, and right here in Bismarck, as well as the nurses who help and comfort. To the media professionals who have helped give a face to Taylor’s story, showing the world what a blessing Taylor is to so many people. The teachers and staff at Martin Luther School who are working tirelessly to make Taylor’s dream of performing as Annie come true this weekend, are also living out their vocations, serving Christ, and Taylor as well.

As for me, I’m excited to see the sneak peek of Annie this Saturday night, and giving Taylor a night to remember.

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