Like a lot of people in this economy, my former student Stephen Williams is “underemployed” right now. But he understands the doctrine of vocation. Read his account of how working in a fast food joint is charged with spiritual significance and gives him occasion to love and serve his neighbors.
From Stephen Williams, Ambushed by Beauty and Chicken Nuggets – Humane Pursuits:
I pull my car into an empty spot in the K-Mart parking lot that lies just behind our store. Glancing at the clock, I say to myself, You’re pushing it, bro. Regardless, I stop to take a deep breath before heading inside. A thought begins to cross my mind. I attempt to rebuke it, but instead I think it anyway.
This is not what I thought I’d be doing at twenty-seven…
It’s the same observation I make at the beginning of every shift at Chick-fil-A, regardless of how many times my arrogance in entertaining it has been reprimanded over the past two months. I love the company, and I am grateful for the environment here and for the paycheck, but it’s humbling to tell many of my accomplished, high-flying friends that I am not currently doing something more “impressive” with my life. I know this thought is patently wrong on so many levels, yet I still have a hard time pushing it away as I walk through the front door.