In the process of discerning your vocation? Well, in an effort to aid your deliberations, I’d like to offer some suggestions for your reflection. I once came across a thoughtful set of questions from Cornelius Plantinga Jr. that means to prod your thinking on the topic. It comes from Engaging God’s World, (Eerdmans, 2002), 116. I thought I’d adapt it some and offer it here for anyone looking for a place to start. Now I don’t expect you to answer all of these questions, just that maybe one would introduce a consideration you hadn’t yet thought to entertain.
So here they are. Six questions to ask yourself when discerning your vocation.
- Would you enjoy and respect the work to the extent that you could offer your best efforts on a regular and long-term basis?
- Do you have a talent for the work that leads you to believe you would succeed at its practice?
- Is there a need for the work? Is there a shortage of workers?
- How honest is the work you’re fixing to do?
- With whom would you work? With corrupting or sanctifying influences?
- Does the work fit into your preexisting web of responsibilities, i.e., to your parents, spouse, children, siblings, friends, church, etc.?