Our conversation began with him apologizing to me. He was expecting an important phone call. He knew it would interrupt my hair cut, so he wanted to let me know ahead of time. Sure enough, his phone rang about 2-3 minutes into the hair cut. After a fairly brief phone call, he returned. I mentioned to him that his important phone call went pretty quickly. That comment opened up a conversation of what he was doing. This man works in finances, insurance, and mortgages. But now he is tired of it, and is eventually leaving that world behind. Two days a week he is learning to cut hair. His goal is to open his own barber shop. After working a long time in finances, he is thrilled to be cutting hair. He hates his old career. He has found his calling.
I have found my calling also. I greatly enjoy being a pastor. I know this is where God has called me. I wanted to tell my barber that I understand what he means. However, he didn't seem to have an interest in learning about me. (People love talking about themselves if you give them a chance; yet most don't want to learn about others. Have you ever experienced that?)
Anyway, have you found your calling? A calling is not based on a job title. It is the work in which you know God wants you to be doing; in fact, he seems to have shaped you for it. The work or task seems to fit you like a glove. It seems God created you for it. It could be anything: barber, financial planner, pastor, housewife, custodian, mechanic, and so forth.
Let me close with this thought from Brennon Manning in The Wisdom of Tenderness: What Happens When God's Fierce Mercy Transforms Our Lives, “Everybody has a vocation to some form of life-work. However, behind that call (and deeper than any call), everybody has a vocation to be a person to be fully and deeply human in Christ Jesus.” Enjoy your callings.