Looking for an inspirational read? Read the ELCA online publication, “Living Lutheran.” Check out this quick read on vocation:
It begins: The rules of driving are easy. A red light means stop, and a green light means go. Even young children who can’t drive yet know what these lights mean.
However, sometimes when we follow Jesus, we get both red and green lights at the same time. So what should we do—stop or go?
For the red light, consider Martin Luther’s understanding of vocation. Even though he was a monk, Luther critiqued aspects of the monastic life by saying that we do not need to escape everyday life to serve God; rather, God calls us to serve others in the midst of our daily lives. We can share God’s love as spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends, employees, students, citizens, etc. Vocation is about our current relationships, situations and contexts. This is where we can serve.