Today I was talking to a good friend of mine about being real to ourselves. Sometimes we spend so much time trying to impress everybody else, trying to please our boss, our friends, our family that we can easily forget about who we are. We create sub-worlds were we can interact with different people always showing just want we want to share with them. As a pastor I would like to share a kind of holiness and intimacy with God so others can see my example and find God. As a friend I would like to be as perfect as I can be so they can admire my personality. As a co-worker I would like to appear as honest as possible so I can be admired; but at the end of the day I find myself empty, trying to decide who am I? Henry Nouwen says, ”
Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly with others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous, or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed, or jealous. It is very important to realize that our vocation is hidden in where we are and who we are. We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now.
We will never find our vocations by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do.