While in Massachusetts for a Christmas vacation, I spent a lot of time visiting with family and friends. One friend with whom I hadn’t spoken to in person in over twenty years asked me about being a minister. It was a question that wanted to understand how I did this and why. It was a question that sought to understand what it meant to not only have a job, but a role, a place in people’s perceptions of the world. It was an earnest and honest question, the type that can only come from a person who not only knows where you are now, but who knew you before the years of living separating the present conversation and “remember when” more fully formed you into the person you are.