BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
When we are kids, we all put on different hats that defined what we wanted to be when we grew up; some put on a firefighter hat, some put on a police hat, and others put on an astronaut helmet. For me, it was always some kind of tiara or crown, because I wanted to be a princess when I grew up. (I still wish that I could actually be a princess.) These hats all represented what we clearly wanted to be, but it can't have escaped everyone's attention that the hats we put on change as we get older - and sometimes we stop putting hats on altogether.
As a college student, I wonder all the time what kind of hat I should put on permanently, or, in simpler terms, what my vocation will be. I know what I want, but the real question is, what does God want as a vocation for me now? Because that is what we should all be focusing on. If you're in school like me, then your vocation is probably to be a student. By this, I mean do the best job you can at being a student, such as by getting good grades and having friends and learning about yourself. This is a very important vocation - don't take it lightly. If you're not in school, maybe your vocation is to find a small job doing something that interests you, or finding an activity or involvement that you enjoy. Whatever it is, try it, and learn from it. Sometimes we all get wrapped up in what I would call our ultimate vocation, i.e., getting married, joining the religious life, staying single, etc. When you find yourself pondering this question too seriously, take a step back and ask yourself, "What does God want as a vocation for me now?"
He may surprise you.... Your Laughing Sister, Callahan