“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Fredrick Buechner
Well, hello there! After briefly introducing myself, I’ll talk further about the Buechner quote above. I am now a proud alumna of Baylor University with a degree in Psychology. Originally, I was torn between so many available opportunities of study, but after doing humanitarian work and outreach in Berlin, Germany for the summer of my freshman year of Baylor, I found my calling in studying counseling and human behavior.
During my time at Baylor, I was highly involved in the Honors College and especially the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) and the Honors Residential College (HRC). I loved walking alongside students who have a passion for learning, the Lord, and service. Our HRC moto is “Fides Quaerens Intellectum” which means “Faith seeking Understanding.” Connecting our zeal for learning and grounding it in our faith, we turn our eye toward bringing Christ the glory through our effort and achievement as well as our rest. “Faith seeking Understanding” looks like practicing consistent Sabbath. Whether through soccer on the front lawn with a friend, walks through nature, or quiet seclusion with a book, our natures all rely upon Sabbath. By taking a Sabbath, I honor the work of God in me and show that I deem it worthy of protecting from burnout. Even if my Sabbath shifts with each season I enter, I know that this intentionality will bring forth good things and a sound mind.
Back to Buechner
You may connect with my experience. How did you find your “calling”? Do you still yet wonder if you’ve found it? When in times of doubt, I remember the insights of Fredrick Buechner. I focus on the sources of my “deep gladness” and look unto the world around me to see the places where the light of Christ is needed and my “deep gladness” can serve the Great Commission. What are your giftings and how do they bring you joy? Think of the greater joy the stewarding of your gifts brings to the Lord, for the offering of yourself to the Lord is you “true and proper worship” (Rom. 12:1). Sometimes stewarding your gifts looks like dropping by a friends house for fellowship and gelato. It also looks like handwritten notes and encouraging words. For me, it looks like obeying the Lord's call using my faith to pursue an understanding of the daily lives of refugees in Berlin. Now, what does it look like for you?
Peace and blessings to you in all that you do. And Happy Trails!