Members of Wake Forest’s School of Divinity Board of Visitors gathered over dinner on October 19, 2017, in Reynolda Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University to discuss discernment and callings.

Our group shared some great stories about neighbors, Girl Scout leaders, mentors, pastors and sisters.  We heard some memorable quotes about people we perceived as living out their calling:

  • “My mentor affirmed my own calling. She was present for me and taught me how to live through anguish and live with joy.”
  • “Her life is one of radical hospitality. She’s opened herself, her heart and her home to everyone.”
  • “She was a mentor to all of us. It is who she is. It is who she cannot help but be.”
  • “He’s doing work that is unsung, unheralded and, some would even say, unwarranted. He helps us get a whiff of our essence and we cannot help but be changed.”

Our stories shared some common themes:

  • The people in our stories inspired us to be better and to grow and live out our own calling.
  • People who live out their calling seem to be reflecting their true, authentic selves.
  • Living out your calling and being your true self does not come without pain.