Gleanings: Our Call

We emphasize the idea of calling here at Oboedire, and we interpret it to be largely in relation to “little things”—things “at hand.”  A recent excerpt from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey (March 10) captures this idea in a very good way….

We are not called to save the world, solve all problems, and help all people.  But we each have our own unique call, in our families, in our work, in our world.  We have to keep asking God to help us see clearly what our call is and to give us the strength to live out that call with trust.  Then we will discover that our faithfulness to a small task is the most healing response to the illnesses of our time.


About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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3 Responses to Gleanings: Our Call

  1. Hello, Sue! I’m sure others may wonder about the meaning of Oboedire too. It’s simply a Latin word that means “listening with the intention of acting upon what we hear.” It’s the word from which we get “obedience.” I chose the name so that readers of this blog can know that I am not merely posting “words,” but hopefully words that can lead us to actions that honor Christ.

  2. Sue Brady says:

    I believe I have discovered my purpose in life, to sing and to serve the shutins, whom I love, all of them. This is such a rewarding thing I do, and will do as long as I can. By the way Steve, just out of curiosity, what does Oboedire actually mean, or stand for. Just call me stupid, but I really don’t know. Thanks, Sue

  3. Judith Warren-Brown says:

    Thank you for the post. So true.

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