As human beings, I believe we all have this inner voice within us who’s always asking whether or not we’re supposed to be where we are right now. You can call it conscience or spiritual-self, I just think there’s always something within us humans that make us wonder if what we’re doing is what we’re supposed to be doing. Most people are looking for a goal, a dream, or a purpose.
Finding your own purpose in this world is difficult enough, but even if you do find it, are you even sure that it’s really the one? Don’t you want that sense of assurance that what you’ve been looking and working for all your life actually makes sense? What if you thought you’re supposed to be a businessman but by the time you’re 40 you realize that you were actually supposed to go to med school and be a doctor?
Coming out of college, I always had these questions in mind. What helped me with these questions and even now as I am moving on with this new phase in my life, is a story.
This story is a classic Mother Teresa story. There’s not much to say about her, you all probably know who she was and what she stood for. The story goes that there was this American man who was sure that God was calling him to do something great. This was it: a calling, a purpose, and a goal. The only problem was that he didn’t know what that something was. Ironic isn’t it?
So she goes to Mother Teresa and asks for prayer.
He asks, “Mother Teresa, would you pray for me?”
And Mother Teresa replies, “Yeah sure. What would you like me to pray you for?”
“Mother Teresa, I want clarity. I want to know without a shadow of a doubt what my calling is from God.”
Mother Teresa then looks at him and she simply says, “No, I won’t pray that for you.”
The American man was confused and embarrassed then he blurts out, “But why? I only want to have what you have in your life. You always seemed sure of what God is calling you to do.”
She replies, “I sir, have never had clarity. What I have had was trust. So I pray that you may have trust as well.”
I don’t know what you learned from this story or how will it affect you in the future. I believe that this simple story has a powerful message designed specifically for each and every one of us. The story is pretty self-explanatory and can talk about itself without me dwelling into it.
Are you sure where you’re going in life? Well, me neither. But what I’ll pray for you is trust dear friend.