The sermon at our Church service yesterday brought up an interesting question –
What is your vocation?
By definition, a vocation is usually referring to something we feel called to do. It’s normally something we are passionate about or have that “God put it on my heart” type of feeling. It’s something we do because we love to to do it, something that even if we are getting paid, we would do it for free because we love it that much. A vocation is something that fulfills us or brings us great joy.
When I was a teacher, I used to refer to it as my vocation because, well, I certainly wasn’t in it for the money!!! I changed my major three times in College, finally deciding on education because I felt a strong calling for that profession. I LOVED teaching and still love the process of teaching, although I am no longer in a school or classroom setting. Teaching is my true calling, my vocation. I LOVE watching people learn new things or a new process or discovering a new idea, a new passion. I LOVE teaching our kids new things and yes, I even love taking the dogs to obedience classes! I love watching the process of learning unfold right before my eyes!
I am SO fortunate that my vocation is also my income earning job.
But I know this is not the same for everyone.
Life is such that we all have to earn money. Well, those of us with bills to pay, kids to feed, etc., etc. If we do not know our true calling or vocation, we go get a job we can endure to earn money to pay the bills. On some level, we enjoy the work, but maybe we don’t love the work. We love the paycheck, maybe? Ok, we love the fact that we get paid. After all, I have never in my life met someone who said, “I don’t need more money in my paycheck.”
Do you have a income-earning job that is NOT your true vocation?
What is your true vocation? Your true calling? That thing that gives you the most joy and happiness when you do it?
How do you take that thing you love to do and turn it into an income-producing job?
So many questions, I know. Do you have all the answers?
No, I didn’t either. Fortunately for me, I found someone who did –
Luckily for me, he wrote a book about it. Well, two books actually.
His name is Jon Acuff. He is a NY Times best selling author and a member of the Dave Ramsey team.
His books are called, “Quitter” and “Start”.
The first teaches you how to find your true calling and transition to that. The second teaches you how to actually do it, how to begin. How to, START.
So, quit your work, start your vocation. I know it sounds easy and it’s really not. It’s not a short process either. It may take years to transition from work to income-earning-vocation.
It’s a big decision to go through the process. But if your current income-producing job is NOT helping you to fulfill your vocation, then you need to turn your vocation into an income producing job.
After all, if you are going to spend 40 hours a week doing something for most of your adult life, shouldn’t it be something you love?