By Chaplain (Capt.) Christopher Dorsey
Special to GUIDON
As we move deeper into fall, the weather cools, the days shorten, and we approach the holiday season — a time of year many of us spend with family and friends.
It is a time to share our stories and catch up with one another. While we get caught up in the “what have you been doing lately” mentality it is important to also look at, share, and pass on our greater story.
The Bible is full of vocation stories of prophets, disciples and kings, men and women, starting from humble beginnings and being called to something greater by God.
I remember at a Men’s group at my first church assignment, I was bombarded with the comments, “tell us your vocation story,” and “how did you know God was calling you to the priesthood?”
This question is normal for me and I told them how I went from a biology major to the seminary, but as I finished I asked those around me to share their vocation story; how were they called by God?
They were quick to say that they didn’t have one, they were just married men, just accountants, construction workers, soldiers, etc. I had to tell them, ‘that is your story.’
Don’t you think God called you to those things? How did you know she was the one, how did you meet? How did you propose? How did you find the right job or how are you working toward it?
That is your vocation story and it needs to be told as such. To be passed on not just as your life, but as a call to something greater — God continuing to work in the lives of his people.
When we spend time with and share our stories with our family, friends and, most especially, our children and the next generation, we shift the lens through which we look at the world.
We see how God has taken a role in our lives and we teach others how to look for him working in their life. God is still calling men and women to greatness, not only as kings and queens, but as soldiers, teachers, mothers, fathers, husbands and wives and countless other ways.
Who has God called you to be?
(Editor’s note: Dorsey is the 84th Chemical Battalion chaplain.)