I qualify as a work-at-home mom this week: I took on an editing job. The pay seems outlandish, although the workload is more than I had anticipated. It's good to get my hands dirty and have a project that will have a clear end (read: not laundry or dishes or crabby children that are constantly undoing my hard work!), and it reminded me of something I read recently:
There is a lot of confusion over what is sometimes called a vocation. Usually when people speak of their vocation, they meant their job. When I use the word vocation, I have in mind the older usage, which used to be known as a “calling.” I distinguish between a person’s job and his calling. Put differently, I distinguish between his occupation and his vocation. A job is work that someone does to earn a living. It’s what puts food on the table. A calling is very different in most cases. A calling is the most important thing you can do in which you would be most difficult to replace. There are a few people who are fortunate enough to find a job that is also their calling. Teachers and preachers are paid to do the most important thing they can do, and for which they would be most difficult to replace.
--Ron Paul, The School Revolution, pg. 43
Job vs. calling. Where on the spectrum do you fall?
As my mind is occupied with my editing work, I don't have many other thoughts on the subject--so give me yours! What is your calling? Do you know? Is it different from your job, and does that matter?
Leave a comment, I'd love to hear your take!