FF40 – Day 14 on Vocation | From Micah Weedman
Day 14 – VOCATION
What is the vocation of a college student?
Standard responses to a question like that look toward what happens after
college. Most of what we do in college, in fact, is ordered toward what
happens after graduation—landing a job, getting into grad school, moving
onto the “real” world.
I suspect that these standard responses might be incomplete, especially if
we allow ourselves to see the “real” world as the place where we are headed
(instead of where we already are).
Think back over the past few days and weeks. Your excitement to be here
was real. Your homesickness is real. The attraction to that certain person
in your FYS is real (well, maybe). Your sense of being overwhelmed by the
things your professors expect you to do before Christmas is real. The bill
you have to pay every semester is real. I’ve been with college students long
enough to know that this is very much the real world.
So how might we talk about our vocations? We certainly will have to
reconsider what our culture thinks is the real world. If the incarnation of God
as Jesus teaches us anything, it teaches us that right here and right now are
the moments that God, in all of God’s self, breaks into and redeems. The
beginning of any faithful conversation about vocation has to be based in
this: there is no day, no time, no place more real than this day, this time,
I tend to think in large, big-picture ways, and when I get carried away with
how to get “where I’m called to be” in the future, my wife patiently reminds
me to “do what is faithful today.”
Do what is faithful today. Go to class. Change your major. Write your paper.
Care for your roommate. Ask hard questions. There is a voice calling you
(this is what vocation means, after all), and that voice is calling you to a life
of faithfulness. Whatever you will do in the future matters, but your vocation
Associate University Minister, Director of Outreach