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Vocation and Inspiration

By: Heather Wallace
February 12, 2014

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It seems that from the time we are very little our lives are driven toward what we will be when we grow up or what are we going to do for a living. So often this discussion revolves around terms like job and occupation, but the words vocation and call are usually absent.

I was lucky enough from a young age to encounter people living out their calls and who did not shy away from talking about vocation. Amy Figg, my youth director who eventually became the pastor of my Lutheran church, is one of those people who inspired me to live out my call.

Because of her leadership I knew that from then on that God calls all of us to live our lives in response to the gifts we are given.

I watched her as she completed her Lutheran seminary studies, as she already had a degree from a Southern Baptist seminary, and experienced presence of the Holy Spirit at her ordination service. She is gifted by God with the ability to reach youth and young adults through the words of God’s grace that she shares each and everyday. Because of her leadership I knew that from then on that God calls all of us to live our lives in response to the gifts we are given.

I’m the newest staff member to FTE. When I read the job description I knew that FTE was a place where I would not only be able to live out my calling, but I would be able to work and help others trying to do the same. I look forward to being a part of this amazing ministry that cultivates vocational conversation for so many young people and encourages them to continue discovering and using their God given gifts in ministry and education.

Tags...: Inspired Leaders, Thinking Out Loud


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