Where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet

I have often been asked: “How will we know if we are working in a job that we are born to do?” This question is made more poignant as I was preparing my lecture notes for part of a module I am teaching on Job Search and Interview Skills. The best answer I have ever come across so far in my life is penned by Frederick Buechner, and it is still guiding me. Hope it helps you too! Buechner writes that the kind of work God calls us to is work

“(a) that you need to do and (b) that the world 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 cigarette ads, the chances are you’ve missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if you work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement (b), but if you’re bored and depressed by it, 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 meets.”

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~ by irwin on May 7, 2009.

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