As the school and college year draws to an end, many young people will be asking questions about their future: ‘What am I going to do when I grow up?’
But these questions are not just for the young, and not just for the big future. Each day we pray in the Our Father:
Thy will be done.
Each day we look for guidance to God. What is the will of God for me? How can I best do it?
Saint Ignatius (feast day 31 July), as a soldier recovering in hospital in sixteenth century Spain, faced these questions large and small. He developed a way of learning about ourselves in relationship to God and he captures the sense of dedication to the will of God in his well-known prayer.
So we pray:
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will,
Team Priest, Forest and Avon Team
Assistant Rural Dean, Alderbury Deanery.
This prayer is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), which is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000