Remember Frederick Buechner’s definition of vocation from Day 2? Buechner defines vocation as the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Over the past month you have discovered your deep gladness, what makes you tick, what brings you joy. You’ve uncovered the themes that show up in your life again and again, and you’ve used those themes to craft a calling statement, create a calling image, and write a description of your mission.
But your calling doesn’t stop there. We’re going back to the beginning, to our working definition of calling: the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Today we turn to the world’s deep hunger. That phrase can feel a little overwhelming, I know. So I want to simplify it by asking you to do this today: look into the eyes of the people around you. Your family. Your friends. Your neighbors. Your co-workers. And ask yourself, what are they hungry for? But more specifically than that ask, what needs do they have that I am specifically designed to meet?
You know yourself better now and what you’re made for. You know you aren’t made to meet everyone’s needs or even all the needs of those close to you. But God has designed you to meet some of them. In fact, he has uniquely fashioned and placed you exactly where you are right now for very specific reasons.
So look around you. What unique contribution to God’s supreme reformation project is he calling you to make? What needs has he created you to meet in the people you know?
Daily Journal Question: What does the world’s deep hunger look like in the people you know? What needs do they have that God has specifically designed you to meet, according to your calling?
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