1,000 years in my chest.
There is one soul in the whole creation you do know and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your
hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with Him. You cannot put Him off with speculations about your next door neighbours or memories of what you have read in books. What will all that chatter and hearsay count (will you even be
able to remember it?) when the anaesthetic fog which we call
‘nature’ or ‘the real world* fades away and the Presence in
which you have always stood becomes palpable, immediate,
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God (Eph 1:1),
“Now, if you were writing this epistle, take out the name Paul, and insert your name and then, whatever it is that you are: Jim, a service station attendant by the will of God. John, a foundry worker by the will of God. You see, not all are called to be apostles. Not all are called to be pastors, and not all are called to be preachers. Also, it is a mistake to try to be something that God hasn’t called you to be, something that God hasn’t equipped you for.
I really do not like the phrase, “He is following the highest calling of God; he’s gone into the ministry.” The ministry is not the highest calling of God. “Oh, he’s following the highest calling of God; he’s a missionary.” That is not the highest calling of God. Whatever God has called you to be and equipped you to be is God’s highest calling for your life. And you don’t need to feel like a second-rate heavenly citizen just because you have a job as a service station attendant, or you are a secretary, or if you are blessed of God with the privilege of being a housewife. Whatever it is that God has called you to be is the highest calling of God for your life, and we should be enjoying rather than feeling guilty.”
Giving a speech to an empty room.