How did you decide to do the work that you do? Was there someone who advised you? Did you have a mentor?
Audrey works at a technical school. The young people who come through her door are bright and full of potential, but many have no idea what they want to do in life. They are looking for direction, and that’s where Audrey comes in.
Greg has purple hair and a pierced eyebrow. As he sits across from Audrey his fingers drum on the desk. “Have you ever considered the music industry?” Audrey asked. “Sure,” he replied, “I played in a garage band for a while. But there’s no future in it. I need a job that pays good money.” The drumming continues.
“How do you feel about computers?” asked Audrey.
“Pretty good, I guess,” replied Greg. “Me and my friends like to play computer games, but sometimes we lose track of time and I end up late for school the next morning.” “Have you ever thought about going into music production?” she asked.
“What does ‘music production’ mean?” he said.
“It means working with computers to produce music, and it pays pretty well.”
“Do you mean there’s a job that will actually pay me to spend time on computers and make music?”
“Yep, that’s exactly what I mean.”
“Come and see …”
A “vocation” — a call from God. When Catholics hear the word they usually think of priests, or maybe religious sisters or brothers. But everyone of us has a vocation. We just don’t always know what it is. We need someone to help us to hear how God is calling us. Eli realized that it was God who was calling Samuel and he told him what to say the next time God called. John the Baptist knew that Jesus was calling the two disciples and he pointed him out to them when he walked by.
Audrey knew that God was calling Greg through his talent for music and computers and she offered him a way to use his gifts.
“Come and see …”
Each one of us has a vocation. Perhaps yours is to help someone else hear how God is calling them.
Van Benthem is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and a longtime pastoral minister in the diocese.