Before we get to the question in our title, “What’s Your Calling?,” perhaps we should first discuss the question: “What is the difference between a calling and a career?”
A calling is a kind of career, in that it is something that you do for a living. But not every career is a calling. A calling is a vocation (from the Latin word for “call”). It is more than a way of making a living. It is even more than something you enjoy doing. It is something that you devote or consecrate your life to.
A calling has a religious or spiritual dimension that most careers lack. One might easily contemplate switching careers if something more lucrative came along. Not so with a calling. It is a way of life that you decide to dedicate yourself to, body and soul.
There are flings. Then there are love affairs. Then there are marriages. A calling is a kind of marriage.
Now, ordinarily, people will know they have a calling in the same way they know they are destined to marry someone. By falling in love. But it may happen, when one thinks one is love, that the question arises: “How can I be sure it’s the real thing?”
That’s where this web site may be helpful to those of you who suspect you may have a calling, but are not sure. On it, you can explore the notion of a calling, from both religious and secular perspectives, by encountering the stories of a number of men and women who have dedicated their lives to one.
The web site was inspired by a PBS TV mini-series entitled The Calling, which explored the religious callings of several young people of different faiths. To watch the trailer for this series, click here.