"Oh, let us love our vocation and strive to persevere in it! Then everything will be all right with us." (Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos)
The call of each vocation is the summons to service, and so to love one's vocation, one must learn to love service. Long after being swept away by the romantic ideals of a specific vocation, one must resolutely embrace the realties that he encounters each day. He must allow God to work on his heart so that whereas he formerly took pleasure in receiving the approbation and attentions of others, he now places pride aside and happily humbles himself to fulfill the needs of those dearest to him. His felicity no longer depends upon his own wants being met, but only in the privilege of serving others, even in the most mundane or unseemly tasks.
Too often one can hear in a home the familiar phrase-"I am not your servant!" Yet, that is just what we are meant to be. Our Lord not only became a servant but a slave:
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3-8)We can never be truly happy until we discover the contentment that is treasure of a devoted servant.