We don’t hear the word ‘vocation’ much these days, but for a Christian it is an everyday concern. We are all called to live – and work – for Christ. We asked four people to share their stories of faith underpinning their daily work.
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Farming takes faith, Katy Kucks
When I met farmers for the first time more than 25 years ago, little did I know I would leave Brisbane behind for the farming life. It’s been a great adventure and learning journey. Faith has been critical throughout. Working the land has changed as technology has advanced. Yet the timeless constant is the struggle of coaxing food from the land on the driest habited continent. This is where our faith is a vibrant, living thing that sees us through.
Glorifying God at home, Sarah Joy Fandrich
I am a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home, homeschooling mum to seven children. This is my career and calling, and in a way I view myself as a CEO.
Teaching our children about how God works in their world when things are not easy is the most important part of how I serve God. Faith is what keeps me sane. I seek a home glorifying God in all we do with fun and service. I love it when that happens.
Seeking his purpose, Bob Thiele
Once my superannuation scheme ‘matured’ I made a conscious decision to work when I didn’t need to. Why work when you could retire? For me the answer is purpose. I still feel called to the same vocation God called me to at six years of age when I decided to become a teacher. I trust he is using me to make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families with whom I work, serving his purpose.
Seeing beyond the labels, Greg Spann
My journey to becoming a pharmacist working in mental health started at school. My first thought was what most people think of pharmacy – white coats behind a counter. But a lady at church commended their role as educators. ‘Great’, I thought, ‘I can help people’. ‘God’, I pray as I drive to work, ‘let me serve my patients today’. Every day I am able to meet people at their worst and try to assist them to get back on track.
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