Life is a mission, not a career-or even a marriage and a family.
. The mission orientation enables us to align everything we do. We make a choice of profession, for example, not just on some "meat market" assessment of our current worth on the job market but rather on our personal awareness of our God-given talents, gifts, and abilities and some general idea of how we might best use these. The work we do should not only enable us to provide for our needs (as opposed to all our wants), but also to fulfill our personal reason for being, or what I like to call "the full m easure of our creation."
On the marriage and family side, we seek to find a loving mate and procreate and certainly we give high priority to these and other family relationships. Nonetheless we maintain a mission orientation, meaning that we remain open to personal guidance regarding our next steps, even if that means: a) marrying someone who is "different" from our parents' expectations (perhaps someone of another culture or country); b) having a family that is "different" from the "model" family; or c) taking that spouse and family on an adventure that is "different" from a traditional career or local "hometown" lifestyle. Often, having a mission orientation in marriage and family matters means making choices and decisions that are painful, unpopular, and misunderstood. In fact, you may not even understand why you are so choosing, except that it's common in service and sacrifice not to know everything up front.
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