That is where the idea of vocation comes in. God calls each one of us to a particular vocation, which is nothing more and nothing less than the particular role in God’s loving plan for the world that only we can fill. God loves us too much to do anything in our world without our cooperation and our involvement, so the primary reason that God calls each of us to a particular vocation is that He needs us. In other words, God ministers to and cares for the world through the gifts that we have been given for that very purpose.
Now we realize that every person’s vocation is unique to them.
Years ago, the idea of vocation- that is, the role God has chosen you to fill in His loving plan for the world- was primarily about the call to religious life and the priesthood; as if the single life and marriage were not really valid ways of life at all, only second-best realities for those who were not called to be a sister, or a brother, or a priest. But thankfully we have gotten past that way of thinking. Whether you are married, or single, or a religious, or a priest, as long as you are searching for what makes you happy and for what can make the world you live in a better place, you are glorifying God and changing things for the better.
When we look around us and see what needs to be done in all the situations we are involved in, and then we begin to do whatever we can to take care of those needs, then we are answering God’s call for us. Then we are becoming creators along with God, participating in God’s constant re-creation of the world into what it was always meant to be. We then open ourselves to God’s purposes and becoming an instrument of those purposes. We are becoming the love and compassion that God has for the world and that makes all the difference.