Intrinsically mankind is searching for happiness and holiness. But is a vocation about happiness or is it about holiness? This is a question I have asked myself many times, and today I believe that a vocation is both. Unfortunately today many young people get lost in the quest for happiness, at least in the beginning of their search to know the will of God. All people desire happiness. We all want to be fulfilled in our life. I believe that this feeling of desiring happiness and fulfilment is a desire which God has placed within each one’s heart. But today more than ever we see that the most common mistake people make is to let their lives become consumed by a search for perfect happiness on this earth. Don’t get me wrong. Yes, God wants us to be happy on this earth but the perfect happiness that we are all looking for is only found in heaven. On earth we taste happiness at times, yes, we do feel we fulfilled at times, but the definitive happiness and fulfilment that we deeply desire can only be experienced in heaven. We are not made for this world alone. Our ultimate destination is heaven; deep inside of us we all have a yearning for heaven; heaven is where we belong.
Albert Schweitzer says; “The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found a way to serve.” Why is this so true? I meet countless young people who choose to spent their summer holidays helping in a orphanage, or volunteering in a mission country. The joy and sense of fulfilment they have when they come back is electrifying, and contagious. I believe that God made us for this reason. He desires that we love others more than ourselves and live selflessly. This is the secret to happiness. This is holiness. When one learns how to serve others and make this the consuming concern of his life, he is happy.
Unfortunately every time we use the word vocation we immediately associate this with the priesthood, or with becoming a nun or a pastor. In actual fact the word vocation is coming from the Latin word ‘vocare’ meaning ‘to call’ and I can guarantee that we are all called to do, and be something in our life. Our primary calling is to be like Jesus. He gave us an example, a way of life, that will bring us to full happiness, and fulfilment. But we also have a free choice in our life. I see that we have 4 options in our life. We can choose to enter into Holy Marriage, Holy Orders, Religious Life, or a Generous Single Life in Christ. These are all a vocation in themselves, and all require time of deferment and prayer.
The most common vocation one feels called to is that of Holy Marriage, but unless one prays about this calling and brings it before God one will never truly understand if one is called to this life or not. The vocation of entering into Holy Orders, or a Religious Life is a long process, and requires time, prayer, and discernment. That is the key to understanding your calling. One cannot rush into life decisions, one needs to pray truly and ask God. But always keeping in mind that “The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found a way to serve.” Jesus says in Matt 20,28 “..the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..”
We all have a vocation and that is to ‘serve’ whether we choose to get Married, enter into Holy Orders, or Enter into a Religious life, or Remain Single, our attitude as Christians needs to be one of serving others, and that is where we will find fulfilment; that is where we will find true happiness.
I believe that we all have a vocation, and there is no greater joy then finding it.
“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For all who ask receive, and all who seek find..” Matthew 7,7-8.