O Gracious and holy God,
give us diligence to seek you,
wisdom to perceive you,
and patience to wait for you.
Grant us, O God,
a mind to meditate on you;
eyes to behold you;
ears to listen for your word;
a heart to love you;
and a life to proclaim you;
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Attributed to Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-547) from Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer,The Theology and Worship Ministry Unit for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 1993
“Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. I must listen for the truths and values at the heart of my own identity, not the standard by which I must live- but the standards by which I cannot help but live if I am living my own life.”
What helps you listen to your life?
Quote from: Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation , Parker Palmer Jossey-Bass,2000, page 4-5.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come
alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have
come alive.” –Howard Thurman