What are your ambitions?” an administrative colleague asked me recently. I am not often speechless, but this time I didn’t know what to say. I briefly considered explaining my understanding of vocation, especially in relation to my primary identity as an ordained minister of the gospel. That would make clear why I have presumed that the church has a legitimate claim on my life. It might also explain why I think less in terms of ambition for a career than faithfulness to a vocation.
I doubted that he wanted that kind of answer. So I responded that I assumed I would return to teaching full-time. I could tell that he was looking for something more. My friend looked puzzled and was surprised that I hadn’t thought more clearly about my ambitions.
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