Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Day 31 - What if My Vocation is Boring?

Welcome to our Lenten series "40 Days for Vocations." Today we're going to answer the question, "But what if my vocation is...boring?!"


I have something to tell you. No matter what your vocation, there are going to be aspects of it that are...boring. (Gasp!) If you are a religious, a priest, or a spouse, there are going to be boring things you need to do day in and day out. Even the most "exciting" vocations (like, maybe being a Missionary of Charity in Calcutta with Mother Theresa's nuns) is mostly going to be made up of the "boring" day in and day out tasks. Washing, cleaning, cooking...these are all tasks we need to perform. There will be a rhythm to your days, and that rhythm will be basically the same from day to day. 

I can speak in particular from the perspective of my own vocation. Every day I cook meals. Every day I change diapers. I do laundry ad nauseum. The house needs to be cleaned every week. The toilets need weekly scrubbing, too. But most difficult of all...my world has to be somewhat "tiny" during the day times. I need to slow down, to move at the pace of a toddler and preschooler. I need to stop and listen to their tiny requests (even the non-verbal ones). I need to drop what I'm doing and lay down to nurse the toddler to sleep or give the preschooler a much needed hug. Sometimes, I love these moments more than I could possibly say. Other times, my days seem tedious.

It's those days that I try to recall one of my favorite quotes from G.K. Chesterton:

"[Children] always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony." Read the rest here.

In other words...my boredom at the repetition is in no way a reflection of how significant or insignificant my work is. It is merely a reflection of my spiritual immaturity. 

The great secret is that the things that truly have meaning are those things that are repetitious. They are the ones that will make us holy. If we can get past the entertainment factor, we may be freed up to listen to God. We may find Him in the silence. Just as true freedom comes from commitment, true growth comes from repetition. It is only when we strip away our need to "feel important" that we realize how important the little things we do actually are.

In the end, the "boring" parts of our vocations may be what will make us into saints!

Please continue to pray for vocations with us!

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children

that they may discern Your Holy Will;

inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life

guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (source)







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