I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, and this year is no different. But sometimes a resolution falls into your lap and it becomes yours providentially. That happened to me this year!
My dad is not doing well. His rheumatoid arthritis has affected his lungs in such a way that they are deteriorating at a rapid rate. Before Christmas, my sister and I had the extraordinarily rare privilege of sitting next to my dad as he gave us the eulogy he would like given at his funeral. And what did he have to say? Nothing I didn’t know really, and yet it was the beginning of a resolution for me. As I listened to my dad talk about his life, the one thing that he spoke about the most was his vocation. He was a teacher for about half of a century. It was the thing he was the most proud of in his life.
Fast forward to that night, I sat with a scrapbook in my hands. It contained my parents’ histories and ancestry. I read about my father’s ancestors with a newfound interest that I couldn’t manufacture if I tried. There was one sentence that jumped out at me and it read something like this, “John Darroch’s (my great grandfather’s) vocation was blacksmith, but his calling was preaching.”
On October 15th, 2007 I received a calling on my life. To minister to women. Since then, I have worked at trying to fulfill that calling through many ways. All of it has been rewarding, and yet none of it has been sustainable as a vocation. Over the course of this week, I have reached the conclusion that my calling does not need to be my vocation. I have a vocation. It is the same as my dad’s. It always has been. Even as a mom and as a women’s minister, I have always been teaching people. But it is time to start getting paid to do it again.
So, that’s it! I don’t know the timeline yet, and I am going to take it slow probably, but I am going to pursue the vocation of teaching again while I continue to pay special attention to my calling. Thanks dad! Once again, you’ve taught me something invaluable! Happy New Year! I believe it will be your sweetest one yet!!!