Later this month, our family will road-trip to Saskatchewan. One of our visits will be to my brother-in-law Danny. Very few people actually refer to him by his given name.
His grandchildren know him as Grandpa Farmer.
His nieces and nephews call him Uncle Farmer.
The rest of us simply call him Farmer.
A couple of years ago, he and I traveled to Miami together. Even in South Florida, he oozed “farmer.”
Whether he is driving his tractor, sitting in a restaurant, playing golf, driving his truck, or visiting family and friends, Danny is Farmer. He hasn’t been through any formal vocational discernment process, but he lives his calling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is fun to hang out with someone who has such a strong sense of call.
At DOOR, it is not unusual to enter into discussions with our year-long interns and summer staff about the future. The conversation usually begins with the following statement, “I just want to know what God wants me to do.” We work in partnership with Volunteers Exploring Vocation to walk alongside young adults as they seek answers and guidance to the “What am I called to?” question.
In the past, my secret hope was that everybody would discern a call to full-time vocational ministry. To be honest, I still want these young adults who serve and work with us to at least explore the possibility of a call to ministry. Farmer has helped me to understand that vocational discernment is much more than finding a career, it is about finding life – abundant, fulfilling life.
It is my hope and prayer that each of you can find your inner Farmer!