"The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve presumably met requirement (a), but if your work is writing TV deodorant commercials, the chances are you’ve missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement (b), but if most of the time you’re bored and depressed by it, the chances are you have not only bypassed (a) but probably aren’t helping your patients much either. Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet."

Frederick Buechner


  1. I would have to disagree. The job itself is not usually the point. it's the people one interacts with and knits life with. Whether that is deodorant commercials or lepers, it's where God puts you in relation to others that is the calling.

    I believe that the author is a bit short sighted in his observation and decree. What if (b), the work that world needs most to have done is deodorant commercials because the other writers you work with need someone to love them and the girl that runs your errands and files and inter-studio mail needs someone to look at her as a worthwhile human being not as a throwaway errand girl that doesn't matter and the person watching your witty or mundane commercial was feeling lonely and desperate but for a moment laughed or groaned and remembered his humanity and the world around him.

    You go where God calls you, where your heart becomes fiery and where it loves and longs to be. You hear His call and find what He made you to be and do.

    "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet."

    If you find a place you love, and you desire it because you have heard the spirits voice, your heart yearns for it, you see purpose, you desire for connection in the people you have interaction with and with whom your job interacts with, then I think no matter the title of the vocation, that is God calling you to work.

    Wanting for others in what ever capacity your work and heart affords is a noble place to be. The worlds deep hunger is to be known and loved and connected. Whether your place in this grand work is in feeding and caring for the poor and sick of body or caring for the poor and sick of spirit, doesn't matter as long as you are playing your part, the one you are called to, not the part of someone else because you deem it more worthwhile or the world around you would do so.

  2. a frickin men to that last sentence. damn, thats good.

  3. how'd my wife get so smart, anyway? :)