Last Sunday we ordained new elders and deacons, each of whom have discerned the Lord's call on their lives. The writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn commented once on his experience of his calling in life. Solzhenitsyn was a one-man resistence movement to communism in the former Soviet Union. Listen: "I felt as though I was born to fill a space in the world that was meant for me and had long awaited me. A mold, as it were, made for me alone, but discerned by me only this very moment. I've done many things in my life that conflicted with the great aims I set for myself, and something has always set me on the true path again. Many lives have a mystical sense about them, but not everyone reads it aright. More often than not it is given to us in cryptic form."
In other words, even the great among us must struggle to discern and act upon their calling. I am not so impressed by those who have the "thunderbolt from the sky"-type calling; I am impressed by those who begin with a small and often underconfident act of obedience... and just keep saying yes to God.