Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God–what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

As you are learning about me by now, I have spent a good deal of my adult life thinking about vocation and calling. (You don’t make as many surprise left turns in life as I have without this being a relatively frequent preoccupation!) I discovered while serving in my first pastoral appointment that it is actually a rather universal topic even across generations. We seem to be wired to feel purposeful, but even more so to let our particular gifts and passions flourish in meaningful ways.

I think there is something wholly sacred about discovering, naming, and living our call. For some of us, that looks like pastoral ministry. For some, it looks like exceptional parenting. For many, it is making education exciting and inspiring for young people. For others, it is providing physical or psychological care, or creating works of truth and beauty. Our calling might be the career path we take, or it might be the particular ways we carry out our roles and responsibilities.

One of the most beautiful things about the church, ideally, is that there is not only room, but a need for every member to be exactly who God built them to be. And by embracing our unique call to teach, or sing, or cook, or build, or write, or welcome, we contrib-ute to this larger narrative of proclaiming the goodness of God.

So, in this difficult season, I hope we might continue to be in prayerful discernment about the goodness we are called to share—a phone call, a poem, a masked visit, a prayer, an apology, a helping hand—and to let ourselves, also, be delighted by God’s grace and hope present among us, still.

In hope,
Pastor Darin