While the primary call to relationship with God through Christ is something all believers hold in common, secondary callings vary from person to person. They are hand-picked by God for me to refine me, to build his kingdom, to care for others, and to glorify himself. Diversity in secondary callings is necessary for the health of the Body of Christ and the flourishing of culture.
“Remember that something can be a vocation or calling only if some other party calls you to do it, and you do it for their sake rather than for your own. Our daily work can be a calling only if it is reconceived as God’s assignment to serve others. And that is exactly how the Bible teaches us to view work.”
Perspectives on vocation are varied. Luther’s view of vocations as masks of God lends itself to the view that almost every person has multiple vocations throughout life, and often many at the same time. I am a believer, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a professor, an employee, a neighbor, a painter, a writer, a church member, a citizen.
I hadn’t really thought about the words vocation or identity until my twins were born. Until I felt completely lost. My daughter was two and my boys were eating and pooping around the clock. People no longer called me “Michelle.” They called me “Mama.”