From a Creighton Student's Perspective
June 5, 2011
2nd Year Medical Student
Sometimes following God and our vocation is really a bummer. Our culture and modern secularism, at times, try to deter or ridicule us from choosing to lead a life for Christ. Other times it’s not something malicious, but just a difficult cross we must bear along the road in pursuit of our respective vocations.
Personally, I believe God is calling me to serve him and his children as a physician. Currently, I am acutely aware of the challenges in the pursuit of this vocation. As you read this reflection today, I am taking my Step 1 Board Exam for medical school. My past three months have been exclusively dedicated to academic success on this, the single most important and difficult exam of my life. There have been a multitude of times during this marathon of studying that I have needed to draw motivation from the recognition that I am pursuing my vocation. During times like these (when we face insults to our time, our efforts, our talents, whatever it may be) it is important to recall today’s second reading: “If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Pt 4:14) This is one of my favorite Bible verses to recall, because of how it so simply puts our suffering into perspective.
…so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly." -1 Peter 4:13
At other times, the lifelong pursuit of our respective vocations is joyous and amazing! Our dedication to our calling is rewarded with success and a sense of peace. Starting this evening when I walk out of my eight-hour exam and hopefully culminating in a few weeks when I receive my score, I (optimistically) will be able to “rejoice exultantly.” I pray that along the way, and particularly when I am practicing as a physician, God will use me as an instrument to reveal his glory.
Today’s readings encourage us to actively and continually pursue and discern our vocations, regardless of whether we are in a time of suffering and challenge or in a celebratory period of success and glory. God gives us the talents, he guides us through the hard times, and he leads us to our success, so let us also remember to follow Jesus’ example in today’s Gospel by giving God the glory for the fruits of our labors.
Just as Jesus prays for all of us in today’s Gospel, let us remember to pray for each other as we seek to glorify God through our vocations. I humbly ask for your prayers, as your brother in Christ, while I take this step in the pursuit of my vocation.
"I [glorify] you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do." -John 17:4
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