Recognizing the Distinction Between Vocation, Occupation, Work & Calling

Vocation, work, occupation, and calling are related terms that refer to what we do with our lives, each from a slightly different angle. Work and occupation are day-to-day tasks, while vocation and calling are more broadly associated with what we contribute to our families, communities, and the world, the purpose for which we are on this earth. It can take a lifetime to understand the personal significance of these terms.

Today, I’m writing for The Institute of Faith, Work & Economics, where you can read the rest of this article.

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  1. I have a friend whose vocation was to help alcoholics find healing. Her occupation was cost accountant. As soon as the alcoholics in her office were on the road to recovery, there’d be a reorganization and she’d find a new job where she’d “just happen to” encounter an alcoholic or two. Many of us have the vocation to be missionaries in a secular culture. Undercover Operatives for God. The “job” opportunities are endless. Thanks for your article!

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