Knowing Where You Belong

By Mallory Slocum

July 11, 2016

            The last month has brought some life changing events to my life.  I have completed and received my master’s degree and that is a big deal.  Then, a few weeks after graduation, I was offered a teaching position at Walsh University.  I will be teaching as an adjunct professor of Theology.  I am so excited for this amazing opportunity that has been given to me. 

            After completing my Bachelor’s degree, I did experience moments where I was unsure if teaching is where I belonged.  This concern is something I have prayed about for a long time.  I have always considered the world of academics to be my niche, but I was not sure that I would be good at teaching or if I would enjoy the tasks that are entailed with that profession.  During my first year of grad school I worked as the graduate assistant for the Theology department.  Some of the tasks I had to perform were making handouts, proctoring and grading exams, and facilitating class discussions.  One special project I worked on was assisting one of the professors with the editing process of his recently published book.  While performing these tasks I learned that I actually enjoyed doing all of these things. 

            Now, I am preparing for this class and I have to put many things together, such as the class syllabus, assignments, exams, powerpoint presentations, and handouts.  I have loved every minute of it.  I now know that this is where the Lord wants me to be.  My eyes have been opened to our vast world and that has come through the course of my education.

            It is important to have plans for your life but you must always accept what the Lord has in store for you.  Proverbs 19:21 tells us “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” God has called each one of us to a specific role.  It took me a long time but I learned to listen to Him.  He has not lead me astray.

            Some may wonder why they should listen to God’s calling when it may differ from their own plans.  2 Timothy 1:9 says “He saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.”  We have been given eternal life by our Lord and Savior.  We should be overjoyed to trust and follow Him.  All of my education and experiences have led me to where I am now.  God has called me to be an educator.  I now know where I belong. 

Keywords: 2 timothy, proverbs
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