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Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Work | 3 comments

What we’ve forgotten about vocation

What we’ve forgotten about vocation

  There is a scene in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Fellowship of the Ring where Frodo Baggins meets Lady Galadriel, an elf queen. She leads him to look in small bowl of water, called the mirror of Galadriel, that tells the future. After seeing the demise of the Shire in the mirror, the Lady says about his great task of destroying the Ring, “For if you fail, then we are laid bare to the enemy…For the fate of Lothlórien you are not answerable, but only for doing your own task.” The movie version of this scene adds her saying, “Frodo, if you do not do this, it will not happen.” Frodo was called. He had an appointed task that was heavy with importance, and if he, the Ring Bearer, did not do it, it would never happen. The idea that people are called by God to do a task is deeply biblical. Some examples: Moses was called by God to bring the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery (Ex. 3:7-10)...

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