History: Yes, I'm an attorney. It's been quite awhile since I practiced law but, technically speaking, a signature on a document sent to the Ohio Supreme Court and my status is transformed from inactive to active.
More recent history:
A l-o-n-g period of discernment involving a number of other people.
Three years in seminary, living away from home half the time.
Public examination and approval of my candidacy by my Presbytery
Five ordination exams.
And, I might mention, persistence (however halting at times) in responding to God despite family tragedy and heartbreak ~ of monumental proportions ~ in the middle of all of it.
Reality: Restricted for personal reasons to this geographic area, in which there are not so many call opportunities at the moment.
Lunchtime conversation with a Presbytery committee member:
Could you go back and practice law?