to guarantee yourself Salvation
Want Salvation, want it almost guaranteed, and even
despite your religion or beliefs, or what others say of those with your
religion or beliefs? Here is the secret: first you have to master
the difference between jobs and vocations, and then
always act accordingly.
There are certain activities that are considered jobs by
virtually everyone, and there are certain activities that are
by virtually everyone. In truth, however, the same activities that are
usually considered jobs by most, can really be treated as vocations in
the minds of those who perform these activities, while the same
activities that are usually considered vocations by most, can really be
treated as jobs in the minds of those who perform them. It is really a
question of attitude in most cases, not situation,
although there are a few exceptions.
Certain activities can be either jobs or vocations, depending on the situation,
more than your attitude. This is the exception, rather than the
Teaching in state or private schools requires university degrees,
sometimes advanced university degrees, as well as state certifications
of various kinds. That is a job, no doubt about it, what
you do so you can provide for your family, because you are called
by necessity, not by God.
Teaching as a parent, aka homeschooling,
which is not allowed in all nations, but is currently legal in every US
state, does not really require degrees, although having one may help;
does not require certifications, but may still require permits of
various kinds in many states of the United States. That is a vocation,
no doubt about it, what you do so your family can provide for
themselves, because you are called by God, not by necessity.
Think about the difference between those two teachers for a moment. One
is a professional, or considered such by the majority of people, while
the other is an amateur. Yet the amateur often does a better job than
the professional, and purely because of differences in attitude.
The amateur often does a better job than the professional purely by what
he/she wishes to accomplish for the student in the future,
rather than by what he/she has supposedly accomplished as a student
in the past.
Certain activities can actually be either jobs or vocations,
depending on your attitude, more than the situation.
This is the rule, rather than the exception.
Even being a priest or a minister can be either a job or a vocation in
truth. It is not because the preparation of different priests is
fundamentally different (the situation), but because their attitude
can vary tremendously.
The priest whose activity is really a job in his head, can be
distinguished from the priest whose activity is really a vocation.
The former kind of priest, through his actions and philosophy, tries
to essentially replace Jesus
in various ways, and then he acts like he is doing Jesus a favour.
These people act like they are the very door to Heaven, not the wise
person you might wish to meet so you can get there. These priests are
like those professional teachers who wish to ensure their
students will not be able to learn one iota without them. It's just a
job to them, after all, just a business, not a vocation.
The latter kind of priest, through his actions and philosophy, does
not try to replace Jesus at all.
These priests usually don't claim to know it all, yet they may still do
a great job by actually becoming that wise person you might wish to
meet so you can get to Heaven. These priests are like those amateur
(aka "parents"), who wish to ensure their students (aka "children")
will be able to learn, and even keep on learning when they will no
longer be around. It's a true vocation to these priests, not a job.
So whether you're a priest or not; whether you're a Christian, or a
Buddhist who merely suspects that Jesus probably wasn't lying about
that "Judgment Day stuff": you have to understand that there is really
only a single way to guarantee for yourself Salvation,
a single way besides Jesus himself.
Turn that awful job you do for the money into a vocation,
something you usually don't do for the money, but to please God (or
Jesus)! Try that out for a while, even though it is not easy, and maybe
you'll make progress towards Eternal Life! Also, work even harder at
that little or big real vocation you may have, especially
if you are a priest,
and forget about the money as much as you can without actually
starving! If you don't have a vocation, then find one, one that helps
Jesus with his "vocation", rather than working against it.
You see, it's your attitude, not your situation
fundamentally. It's what you have in your heart, not what you
claim to know in your mind. It's the meekness which
comes from the feeling of being imperfect, not the false sense of
security that comes from knowing just a little more than your
neighbour. It's what you expect to accomplish on a future date,
not how many degrees or certificates you managed to get in the past.
That's what Salvation is about. It's about syntropy, the
future, order, and love, not entropy, the
past, chaos, and hate! It's about what leads to,
and preserves life, in essence, not what leads to death, what destroys
God or Jesus will probably disagree with you regardless of your
attitude, because Gods, whether big or little, are all very
opinionated, a little like those loving parents of yours were! However,
Gods in truth won't hold those differences of opinion against you if
your attitude is right, anymore than your parents would if your
attitude is right.
That's all Salvation is about. It's about attitude, not
situation. It's essentially about how you think and
feel, not essentially about what you think or feel.
Most Rev. Dr. Cesidio Tallini