All this talk of calling and there’s still the problem of practicality. How do we practically use our careers toward our callings? Let me tell you the story of my friend, Amy.
Amy is a nurse. She works at the Mayo Clinic, and she is one of the hardest-working, sassy people I know. When she first started at Mayo, she worked the night shifts: 8-10 hours on her feet from sunset to sunrise. She would tell me about the sheer exhaustion of working 40-50 hour weeks, usually in 4 days. But Amy isn’t a whiner; she takes every opportunity to appreciate the side-splitting humor that happens to her around the clock. Numerous times, she has recounted stories of senile old men who propose to her or blow in her ear.
“That must be my type: 50-year old, demented men. I am the main attraction for them,” Amy says with an eye roll and wry smile.
Amy is completely in love with two individuals: Jesus and her new husband, Matt. When Amy talks about Jesus, her eyes light up, her hands start waving around in excitement, and her voice gets louder. Amy is a vessel of grace as she works, changing bedpans, giving medications, and sitting up late with dying patients.
Amy brought me to tears with the story of a mother dying of cancer. Amy was the head nurse for this patient, and she watched the whole family interact as the mother slowly slipped away. Amy noticed that the family prayed together, so, in a bold move (for the medical field is not all that friendly to Christianity unless you are a chaplain), Amy asked to pray with them.
With tears in her eyes, Amy told me how this family had blessed her by their example of utter dependence on Christ in the most dire of circumstances. But, I’m fairly certain that Amy has no idea how much she blessed that family.
That’s evidence of grace in a career. That is how we pursue the calling that Christ has laid on each of our hearts, which is to live in the fruits of the spirit.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love.” ~Ephesians 4:1-2 (Emphasis added)