Mission Year to attend FTE’s Discernment Retreat in Lake Arrowhead, California.">
By: Cailin Choy
April 08, 2015
It was so refreshing to re-learn that you aren’t what you do—You are who God calls you to be. But how do we figure that out?
Normally when I hear terms like “church retreat” or “staff retreat”, I mentally prepare to not be able to, well, “retreat”. However, my most recent experience with the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) proved otherwise. I was extremely fortunate to be nominated by Mission Year to attend FTE’s Discernment Retreat in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Four precious restful days were filled with God’s presence and I learned what God has to say about the “setting apart of my life’s calling”. Even better, I got to share this journey with a diverse group of young adults and mentors who love God in their own unique expression.
It was so refreshing to re-learn that you aren’t what you do—You are who God calls you to be.
But how do we figure that out?
Vocational discernment isn’t a one-time event that maps out your whole life. It is an ongoing process of asking “what’s my next most faithful step to take as I walk deeper into my identity in God”? It also is not a road that has to be traveled alone. I’ve learned that discernment is as much a community activity as it is an individual practice. It is one that emerges from the silence and solitude as much as it does from conversations with one another (be they spiritual leaders or peers).
God has never given up on you or me, or our stories. Listen to the stories of others, and reflect what you see the Holy Spirit calling them into. Listen to where you have come from, and see where God is projecting you to go. Your measure of worth is not how much you are able to achieve or how much you can accomplish, but who God has made you to be.