In an introductory chapter in the book The Good Funeral Thomas G. Long writes about his experience of his call to ministry.
A lot of that experience resonated, especially this paragraph:

The fact of the matter is that most people who end up as priests, ministers, and pastors are not religious virtuosi at all, bear few markings of saints, and have made no ‘A’s in purity of heart. In fact, most of us clergy spend at least some time explaining to the astonished people who knew us in our youth just how someone with our temperament and track record ended up as one of God’s sky pilots.

Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch, The Good Funeral, Westminster John Knox Press, 2013, pg. 39.

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