Being an engineer at Chrysler Group designing cars of the future was a pretty good job as I look back on it. I had numerous great perks, significant benefits, and excellent pay. It was a dream job for any young guy my age. Very few people get to bring home new cars every couple weeks, much less cars that won’t be sold on the market for months. So, what motivated me to make a seemingly irrational move: to leave this great job to pursue a life of celibacy and do mission work?
The job was clearly a blessing from God, but it was also something that I felt I should give up because I had a strong desire to live a life of more full-time mission and to pursue God’s continued call on my life. So, as tough as it was, I decided to leave my job to move into the training phase with The Servants of the Word. I regularly get asked: “What are you, a Lebanese guy, doing in the middle of Lansing, Michigan? What are you, a mechanical engineer, doing as a mission worker? Why are you discerning your vocation without having a direct call yet to live single for the Lord? Why aren’t you just making good money somewhere as an engineer as (the world says) you should be?”
Well, it is fundamentally because God has been good to me and has instilled in me a strong desire to offer my heart to the Lord. And that’s why I’m here in The Servants of the Word; that’s why I’ve left my country, my family, my job, and my comfort zone to respond to the call that I believe God is placing on my life. And it’s worth it, because our God is good and we cannot outdo him in generosity. I have an unquenched desire to seek God’s will is for my life and to see it fulfilled in and through me. I want to live uncompromisingly for the sake of the kingdom of heaven– not for the sake of this world. So, I’m Lebanese and I’m living in the States. I’m an engineer and I’m doing mission work. I’m a young guy and I’m seriously considering living celibate for the Lord. And I am glad for all of this. I want to learn how to surrender my life to the Lord, live single-heartedly for him, and do his will whatever that may entail.