What is My Life's Work?

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

The work of every person is a gift of God and of value to the world. Discovering one’s gifts and discerning how best to prepare and share them is a process that engages our best efforts every day. Moreover, we rely upon the insights and encouragements of the community as we engage the important questions and make the important decisions that guide us in our work.

What we should do, when and where and how we might deploy our gifts are sometimes complex questions that we explore with others but ultimately must answer for ourselves.

Anyone desiring supportive guidance in this matter should consult the clergy or lay leadership of a congregation.

You might consider gathering a “clearness committee,” a small group of people you trust, to share in prayer and reflective conversation with you around your question about your ministry. For more information on clearness committees, look here. For additional discernment resources, look here.