Vocation: Are You Wearing the Right Shoes?

by Larry Hehn on November 7, 2012

wrong shoesIt’s not a word that I hear very often anymore, vocation. Maybe it’s because my Catholic high school days are long behind me. Maybe it just isn’t used as much today; I’m not sure.

Father Vetere would be proud of me for looking up the word vocation and finding that it comes from the Latin vocatio, meaning “to call”. He was a human dictionary, that guy.

As the Latin suggests, the idea behind the word vocation is that God is calling you to use your gifts and talents toward a certain purpose.

I was reminded of that earlier this week on my walk in to work.

My office is less than a mile from my home, so I walk every day. I wear shoes that are designed specifically for walking. When I use my walking shoes to walk, my feet are happy.

Two sets of traffic lights stand between my home and my office. Yesterday, one of them turned green before I had made it to the intersection. If I wanted to make it across safely, I had to run.

Have you ever tried running in flippers, snowshoes, work boots, or walking shoes? I felt like a cross between Bozo the Clown and an injured Budweiser Clydesdale as I lumbered spladap! spladap! spladap! spladap! across the intersection.

I quickly discovered that there’s a reason why some shoes are called running shoes, and other shoes are called walking shoes.

Walking shoes were not made for running. Trying to use them for running can be painful. Not just for those who are doing the running, but also for those who are watching. Ok, for them it might also be a bit humorous…

If I were ever called to run to work, I wouldn’t do it in my walking shoes. I would change into my running shoes.

Makes sense, right?

If God is calling us to something greater, we may need to abandon the familiar in order to get there.

Well, I’m not sure who, but someone else reading this post also needs to hear this:

God has called you to use your gifts and talents toward a certain purpose. You’ve heard that call, and you’ve been faithfully walking. That’s great, but if you’ve been called to run, it’s time to get rid of your old familiar, comfortable walkers and don some running shoes instead.

‘Cause walking shoes weren’t made for running. But you were.

What might God be calling you to, that you’ve been dragging your feet about?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. – Hebrews 12:1


Character: Shirkers, Lurkers, Perkers and Workers

by Larry Hehn on February 27, 2012

just lurkingAt the risk of sounding a bit creepy, I’ve noticed a bit of a character flaw in myself. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of lurking lately.

You see, I subscribe to a lot of blogs.

For each of those blogs, I read every post.

Often I just don’t have the time or inspiration to comment on them.

But lately, I’ve noticed that fewer and fewer posts are receiving my comments.

There are probably some bloggers out there who don’t even know that I subscribe to their blog.

Shame on me.

I’ve become that very thing that I never wanted to become as a blogger.

A Lurker.

What is a Lurker, you may ask?

Well, let’s see if Uncle Larry can make this as simple as possible…

The people who subscribe to your blog? We can easily divide them into four character categories – Shirkers, Lurkers, Perkers and Workers.

Shirkers – Subscribe to your blog but hardly ever read it. (My guess? This is probably about 65 – 70 % of your subscribers.)

LurkersRead your blog regularly but never comment. (20 – 25 %)

PerkersEither comment on your blog or promote it via social media, but don’t do both. (6 – 7 %)

WorkersSubscribe to, read, comment on, and promote your blog via social media. Let’s hear it for the Workers! Woo hoo! (3 – 4%)

Does that sound about right to you?

When it comes to blog reading, can you place yourself in one of those four categories?

Now brace yourself.

Can you see the character traits of your category translating into other areas of your life as well?


I sure can for myself.

Are you signed up for life but just not showing up? Are you showing up, but not really contributing? Are you doing some decent stuff, but not giving it your all?

Darn these convicting analogies.

Here I thought all I had to do was comment on a few more blogs.

Guess it’s time to take stock of everything else too and really see where I’ve been doggin’ it lately.

Are you a Shirker, Lurker, Perker or Worker?

“No matter where you go…there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzai



by Larry Hehn on December 23, 2011

To celebrate the close of 2011, we’re counting down the Top 10 posts from the history of Christian in the Rough. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

Here is post #6:


“C’mon, slowpoke! Can’t you go any faster?!”