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Appointed to Serve 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Appointed to Serve

Is your résumé your destiny?

At a Glance

If you go to the Internet to search for the best jobs ever, you'll get a number of suggestions. For example, you might see articles entitled "The 10 best jobs in the world," "The 10 best jobs in 2013," "The 10 best jobs from home" or "The 10 best jobs for moms." From a discussion of some of these jobs, we move to Paul's own reflection about his "job" -- including his remarkable admission that as a "man of violence," the job he landed was not a job for which he was really qualified. Yet, God "judged [him] faithful," and "appointed [him] to service." Go figure.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Parked in Dopey," September 12, 2004, at

Here are some of the most-asked questions when we meet someone new:

- To a child: What do you want to be when you grow up?

- When meeting someone: So, what do you do for work?

- At a party: What is your dream ...

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