When the Barna group began to look at how people felt about having a more meaningful life, they discovered some key focal points to consider. The research found that 75 percent of American adults said they were looking for ways to live a more meaningful life, and the concept of vocation or “calling” played a key role. The respondents also indicated that a calling extended beyond work and into family life as well. The research found that the question was especially important to Christians with only 40 percent of Christians indicating they had a clear sense of God’s calling on their lives. Younger adults were very interested in the idea, but almost half of them said they thought God might be calling them to different work, but had not made any changes yet. The research found three main focal points in relation to calling. The first was a varied outlook on jobs and work due to the changing work environment. Most people do not stay at a single job for more than three years. The second involved dissatisfaction among women who find it difficult to balance demands of work and home. They commonly described themselves as stressed out, tired, and overcommitted. The third area was related more to home life and a call toward adoption, as more than 75 percent of respondents said they felt a personal responsibility to adopt and care for children. The Barna group says the results of the research should offer some guidance for churches and other ministries who hope to address needs in this generation.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Three Trends of Faith, Work, and Calling, https://www.barna.org/barna-update/culture/649-three-major-faith-and-culture-trends-for-2014#.UwJBPmyx6ie, Accessed February 17, 2014.
Romans 11:29 (ESV) (29) For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.