Have you ever been asked, “What is your Vocation?” Some will respond, “I am a Real Estate Agent or I am a Teacher or a Doctor. We immediately list the thing we do. But, the word Vocation is not just a calling to something but it’s also a calling to Someone.
God has planted a unique gift inside each of us. The Word Vocation, is a Latin word that means, “Voice.” God is calling out to each one of us that gift that has been planted within us.
God wants you to be you, and to be fully alive is to hear God’s voice and to step into your calling.
The apostle Paul says, ““Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 NLT
Could it be that today God wants us to see that job we do in the marketplace as a sacred act of worship. That we are to work to make a living but in reality we are to work as if we were literally working for the Lord.
How do you do that? It’s all in our attitudes. I’ve heard it said, “Our attitudes will effect our altitudes.”
If today you are at work and it is a drudgery and boring and you can’t wait for it to be 5 pm, then that’s one kind of attitude.
But, if today you worked as if you were working for the Lord. That literally, you wanted to please God with every minute of your day. That’s another type of attitude that will take you to new heights you have never thought possible.
Remember, our Vocation or at the heart of our calling, is not to something, but to Someone.
The idea behind “calling” is that whatever our occupation may be, it is to be elevated to an expression of worship – that which could be pleasing to God – if performed with excellence and integrity and a heartfelt devotion.
So…the most profound vocational question is not, “What should I do with my life?” Instead, it is the more foundational (and demanding) question, “Who am I?”
Many years ago the film Chariots of Fire captured the public’s imagination and the year’s Oscar for best picture with its story of Eric Liddell, the 1930s Olympic runner from Scotland. In the film Liddell’s sister questions him about why he is going to run in the Olympics instead of pursuing another career. In reply, he turns to his sister and says, “Jenny, God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
God made each of us a certain way and when we run that course, we feel pleasure – God’s and ours.
Fredrick Buechner’s definition rings true: “[Vocation is] the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” And make no mistake… the world’s deep hunger needs your deep gladness.
That’s why God gave it to you. Maybe today do a little attitude adjustment and say, “God, today is all about you, it’s not about me. I want to work for the Lord today.”
Give it a try! I guarantee you will approach your work differently and maybe you just might make a difference beyond what you ever dreamed or imagined.