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Lent: Not what I pick out of my belly button at night

February 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Good ol’ Lent. Good to see you back, buddy.

I don’t know many people who share the same view as me on the liturgical season of Lent. Most view it superficially as a time where us Catholics give up something because we’re supposed to. It’s much more than that.

Lent is a time for growth and preparation. The sacrifices we make during Lent help us prepare for the celebration of Easter; This celebration is the foundation of the Catholic faith – in other words, the most important remembrance for Christians throughout the world.

I’ve got some things I’m working on, but I’m gonna keep them to myself. I plan on growing a lot this Lenten season, and we’ll see what happens. Here’s hoping that all of you have a wonderful and growth-filled season of preparation for Christ’s resurrection. God knows we need salvation from ourselves!

Where Do You Want To Be In 5 Years?

February 5, 2010 2 comments

This is a question that has baffled me for what seems like forever. When my dad was a kid, he knew he wanted to do something in construction, so well, he did it. He’s still doing it. I have friends who grew up wanting to be university professors and doctors and lawyers and even priests, and they’re taking steps toward making their dreams and plans happen.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about where I want my life to be in 5 years, and what it will be like at 31 years old. Will I be married? What kind of profession will I be in? Will I have finally paid off those mountains of debt incurred through my “college experience”?

The truth is, 5 years ago, I had very different plans for my life than the way it’s turned out so far. 5 years ago, I had big dreams of a career as a professional musician. I was in a band that was going somewhere, bandmates with the same long term goals, and the desire and drive to make it all happen. Somewhere along the line, things changed and our priorities shifted. Nearly 3 years ago, one of my worst nightmares came true; I got an office job.

The past 3 years have had their share of ups and downs, but I’ve come to realize that my vocation is within the business world. This vocation is fulfilled through working with people for a common goal to first of all pay the bills, but more importantly, have a positive impact on the world around us. The daily grind of seemingly pointless and often mundane work can breed contempt for the corporate world and those in positions of power. The truth is, all work is a vocation and an extremely important avenue for living out the Catholic faith in a meaningful way.

Circling back to the beginning of my post, I’ve come to the realization that even though I have no idea what I “want” to do career-wise, God has a plan. I think that a large part of God’s plan for me lies in my own realization that I am not Him. In looking back at how nearly every single one of my fantastic plans or ideas on where I want to be has failed, I’ve decided to give up. This doesn’t mean that I’m giving up trying to set goals and certain “checkpoints” for myself, but that I’m giving up on worrying about them and how they affect my future self and situation.

As I said before, I’m doing my best to realize that I am not in control of my own life. I know that God will present me with the opportunities I need to live in accordance with His will, and my job is to take advantage of those opportunities with the skills and desires that make up who I am. Where do I want to be in 5 years? I still have no idea, but I’m not concerned. I’m giving up on planning out my life, and I’m going to let God plan it for me. I just have to do the work.