I used to think of vocation as nothing more than a job. When I was in high school, I had friends who would go to a place called “Vo-Tech” in the afternoons, which stood for “Vocational Technology.” There they learned various technologies that would help them get a job after high school. And that’s what a vocation was, as far as I knew—it was a job.
But a vocation is so much more than a job.
Your vocation is the unique way in which God has called you to bring healing and wholeness into the world. It is how God has called you to live out your secondary calling (you can read more about primary and secondary callings HERE). In fact, the word “vocation” itself has nothing to do with work; it comes from the Latin word, vocare, which means, “to call.” We also get the English word, “voice” from vocare—as well as “vocal” and “vociferous” (one of my all-time favorite words!).
Your vocation, then, is what you do in response to the voice of the One who calls you.