What is Vocation?
Often used. Often misunderstood. What do we mean when we talk about vocation?
Ask ten people how they define 'vocation,' and there's a good chance you will receive ten different answers. Vocation is a word that elicits strong emotion and religious convication. Our view of vocation carries a few key assumptions:
Vocation, derived from the Latin vocare ("to call") assumers that there is a caller (God). And God, in His desire to engage His creation, calls us to faithfulness through the exploration of an internal sense of meaning and an external sense of purpose.
Vocation includes, but transcends, work.
Vocation is a faithful trajectory, not destination in which you arrive.
Vocation is a complex word which articulates an active process of faithfully living in response to God's call for the whole of our lives. The richness of vocation is that it requires hearts and lives attuned to listen to and respond to God in all dimensions of our lives (faith, family, community, work, etc.). It is a process rather than a destination. Sometimes these dimensions overlap, sometimes they don't. Vocation requires an active response on the part of the hearer (us) to God, but it is less about our strivings and more about a way of living that is in response to us seeking the heart of God in every season and sector of our lives.