Mrs. Suzanne Gehring – “Serving God through Our Work”
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” -- Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
So many people wrestle with the question, “What is my purpose in life? Where can God use me?” Sometimes that calling is crystal clear, but sometimes it evolves and unfolds over a period of time.
“It’s only when you truly know what your driving purpose is that you can steer your life in the direction God desires,” states Bob Briner, editor of Women in Leadership, a series of short devotionals by leading Christian women. One entry tells the journey of author Marjorie Holmes to discover her calling. She shares that at an early age she knew she wanted to be a writer. She pursued that goal and found satisfaction and success is using her gifts to enlighten and inspire faith in others through her words. She was able to balance raising a family and teaching at the university level, while writing articles for secular newspapers and magazines, but is best known for her biblical trilogy that begins with Two from Galilee.
When you find and follow your calling, says Holmes, you have, “…a sense of commitment to your work so great you will endure great sacrifices for it, give it your all and a little bit more. If your work is truly vital to you, then you will pour yourself into it body, soul, and blood. Not to compete with anybody, nor for the money, nor for acclaim, but out of a sense of fulfilling your personal mission, your God-given purpose. And far from separating you from God, it will be a form of worship. Of knowing you are truly one with Him and He is one with you.”
- Mrs. Suzanne Gehring, Head of Archives & Special Collections, Kinlaw Library