Vocation is about who you are in the whole of life, not just about 'being a vicar'.
In Romans 12:1-5, Paul explains how the Christian vocation is to be worked out.
â€œ... hereâ€™s what I want you to do, God helping you. Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life - and place it before God...â€. (The Message Bible).
He then explains that as we do this, and fix our attention on God, we will increasingly be attuned to the will of God for our lives; we will have a growing ability to accept who we are, without aspiring to be someone or something we are not.
Paul then goes on to talk about the different gifts and ministries which are given by God to each of His followers, and the importance of working together.
This gives us a pattern for the journey of discovering our vocation. It starts with a surrender of our life to God, in the light of His love and sacrifice for us. Through His working in us, we begin to be transformed into the people He wants us to be, not in isolation, but part of a community.
From there, we seek to understand our particular gifts and talents, and the place of service into which we are being called.
For most the place of service will be in the workplace, and at home, with friends and family â€“ and in our spare time activities.
For some it will be in the Church we attend.
For a few, it will be through the Church, as public (representative) ministers â€“ Licensed Lay Minister and Ordained Minister.