"Man cannot know himself except through a sincere gift of self."
Gaudium Et Spes
We were made to be of service for the other. We were made to love and to let ourselves be loved. We are all called and have a heart for service in some way. This is ingrained into the human functioning of daily life. Can you give me one example of a job that does not perform some sort of service? It is such a natural disposition within ourselves that it has become the hinge point around which society turns. The "work week". "You'll hear from us in 5 to 10 business days." We LIVE for vacation days and yet what is a vacation day without knowing what a work day is? Even vacation can get old, because we were made for mission.
Most of us, if not all of us, get a sense of satisfaction from doing a job well done. Many of us feel called to give of ourselves in some way whether through the workforce, family life or volunteer work. We hunger to give..isn't that funny? Hunger usually implies some sort of taking in of something, but I think it's the supernatural side of ourselves, the side that is made for and called to love, that hungers to be "self-gift".
We have each been made with our own particular hunger though. As unique as our fingerprints, the need I seek to fulfill in others is not the same as yours. Often it can feel clouded, like we were made for something great but for the life of us we don't know what that is! I think that feeling is actually God's way of getting our attention to draw near to Him. When we do, often it will light shed some light about that great thing we were made to do. If you are dissatisfied with your life, chances are it's not that you are ungrateful…it's because you were made for something more fulfilling and specific to your heart’s design!
It can be helpful to have some practical steps to take in order to move forward in finding that thing. Personally, I have been immensely helped by a few resources that helped me better understand myself and my natural strengths and areas of contribution and passion:
If you're feeling pulled by this, start praying for God to shed some light for you. Start taking baby steps in the direction of that light. Pray. Take those tests. And for a little more clarity (or a lot!) get coached!
“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons…I shall do good; I shall do His work…whatever I am, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away…therefore, I will trust in the Lord!” - St. John Henry Newman
I am a Certified Catholic Mindset Coach through Metanoia Catholic. I help Christian women who feel discouraged with life find fulfillment and hope they desire by reworking limiting belief patterns with the tools of mindset coaching so that they can see the Truth of the Goodness and Beauty of who they are and how they were made.
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