“It makes me sad to think that there are children who do not think they matter to anyone. I even see this in some of my classrooms here in the states. Everyone should know that they are valued by God and that someone else on earth thinks kindly of them. This is one motivation I have to work with the Salesians. I also feel that every child should be able to learn, that understanding of the world around them is a precious gift to give to children, and that God has given me the abilities required to teach. Life is so precious, and these children, the least of these, need to know that they are precious and loved. On a practical note, the more education these children receive, the more opportunities for a better life they will have.”
God wants us to help those in need, so I want to do God’s will. I’m also worried that if I don’t do something immediately after college, I start settling into a life of complacency, and not living completely for God. I figure that if I dedicate a year of my life and go off to another country to serve, I would be doing all right.
Serving is something I feel I have been called to do for quite some time but life has always seemed to get in the way… Graduate school, paying of student loans, etc. Now that those things are taken care of and I have some professional experience under my belt, I feel like the time is right. I have been incredibly blessed throughout my life and I would like to pay it forward/give back. I would like to help others and for some reason it has been on my heart to help others internationally. I would appreciate an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people I have never met and to share the love of Christ with them.
In discerning my vocation, I have found that just as Jesus freely gave Himself to humanity through His incarnation, death, and resurrection, we are called to freely and completely give of ourselves to others. It is not enough for us to receive the love of Christ, for in this way we are not truly opening ourselves to the love of God. We cannot respond to this love by receiving it and keeping it for ourselves. The grasping hand is never filled. When we grasp onto the love, we are not open to receiving it. Our hands and our beings must be open and let go of the love that God gives to us in order for us to continue receiving His love. In keeping ourselves open, we allow for God’s love to flow through us and into others. The right response to this love is to, in turn, share the same love with others. As the Lord has changed us through His kenosis, so too, we must change others and radiate God in our own kenosis. It is this love and self gift to others that I feel I am called to through service.
“I got tired of watching so much need in the world and doing nothing. I know Jesus wants me to go and help in any way to those who are in need. I just want to share the love and happiness He has shared with me. There is something in helping others that makes me that much closer to the love of God. I know that Jesus is present in each and one of the children the SLM’s are helping and I want to be part of that.”
I would like to serve in order to use the skills and knowledge that I have acquired to help those most in need. I know that there are many people who can benefit if I give my time and energy to assist them, but I also know that I will benefit from interacting with them just as much, if not even more so.
“Helping others and seeing the world does me more good than I can ever do another person. This is an often repeated and cliché idea but it is one I firmly believe. I can say honestly that the appreciation, experience and love I have gotten from those I have served and served with is immeasurable. I hope to be able to share this with those I serve too.”