The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.– FREDERICK BUECHNER
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
– FREDERICK BUECHNER
Hi, my name is Marcus Mok. I live in Singapore and write about personal growth, vocational discernment (the process of identifying your calling in life), and the intersection of faith and work (how our beliefs impact our work). In my inaugural post on this blog, I elaborated on my reasons for starting this blog. Here is a summary.
Teaching is part of my calling. I work as a teacher for a decade and a half, interacting with young people to help them figure out what they do best, and do it well. One of my most memorable experiences as a teacher is to teach Project Work to junior college students. I thoroughly enjoy brainstorming project ideas with students, guiding them to put their ideas into action research, and to present these ideas in speech and writing.
Parenting is another big part of my calling. I am a husband to a loving and understanding wife, and a father to two beautiful children. My daughter loves drawing and my son enjoys working with numbers. Seeing them develop these passions into talents brings deep gladness to my heart.
Since 2008, I have been studying part-time with Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST). This opened up a whole new way of thinking about our calling in life. In Christian circles, we typically associate calling with full-time Christian ministry, such as becoming a pastor or a missionary. But BGST opened my mind to see calling in a whole new light.
My journey began then, to piece together the different events of my life, and tracing the call of God through it all.
I want you to join me on this journey of self-discovery too. If you are like me, chances are that you are also finding your place in life. You don’t want to settle for a mediocre existence without any real purpose or direction. Like me, you sense that life is more than just our day job or even our roles in our families and societies (important and fulfilling though they are). You sense that there is a greater purpose for why you exist in this world.
Or perhaps you have already found that higher calling in your life. Maybe you are already a missionary, a pastor, or a full-time church worker. Or maybe you have found deep satisfaction in your current day job as a doctor, a counselor, or a teacher like myself. But that does not change the fact that we occasionally feel the drag to work, the apprehension of handling the thorns and thistles in what we thought was our calling. We need to embrace our calling with all its thorns and thistles!
You’d probably notice by now that I am a Christian. While I aim to write broadly to encompass the common human experience of calling – all of us grapple with the questions of meaning and purpose in our lives, I cannot disassociate myself from my personal beliefs that have fundamentally shaped my worldview and selfhood. You are of course free to disagree and share your own point of view, as long as we are cordial about it. You can find out more about my thoughts on my faith here.
About this Website
This is why I named my website, “Embrace Our Calling”. I’ve started this website as part of my personal journey to find clarity about my calling. I hope to share some of the insights I have gleaned, so as to aid you in your own personal journey. Let this be our journey together. I will also disclose some of my personal struggles, both in my work and in the broader contours of my life, so that you may find some resources to help you in your own challenges.
Come and browse through the content in this website:
- Blog – this is where I blog about everything related to calling
- Book reviews – what I think about some of the books I read
- Interviews and Conversations – sometimes I record conversations with people who share my passion for personal growth
I’d love to hear from you too. Feel free to leave your comment at any of my posts that connects with you, or simply just drop by and say hi!