In this post I’ll continue my personal beliefs about commitment, my focus word for this year. Specifically, I’ll explain my commitment educationally and professionally.
|“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” (unknown)|
When I was 10 years old I was given a dream journal. Several prompts asked me to write about my future for school and work. I knew I wanted to go to college and then teach children. My parents constantly talked about college and built up my excitement about going. I realized at a young age that college would be a commitment. My mother had begun her studies in 1934 but had to work during the Depression. She returned to her studies and graduated 13 years later in 1947. She was a living example of commitment.
I entered Samford University in 1967 and graduated in 1971 with a B.A., double majors in Spanish and English and my teaching credentials. My commitment to finish studying led me to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I completed my Master’s Degree in Adult Education in 1973.
Commitment to …
- study and more study
- hours of research
- writing papers
- typing papers before PCs
- lack of sleep!
I was privileged to remain in one place of professional commitment for over 18 years. My position as a full-time children’s pastor was incredibly challenging as well as pure joy. During that time, I worked with more than two dozen staff members: all different personalities, all staying for various lengths of time. Our volunteer staff through those years was much larger: again with all different personalities and a commitment to working with children. A children’s pastor actually spends a great deal of time in relationships with the parents: here again…all different personalities, all with different kinds of parenting skill levels. I would be kidding myself and my readers to say this commitment was easy. It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done!
Proverbs 15:2 says “A wise teacher makes learning a joy.” I had been blessed with childhood, high school, and college teachers who had been wise and therefore, I found such joy in learning. One of my goals during those 18 years as children’s pastor was to make learning a joy for the children as their walk in faith increased.
Remaining committed to this job meant I was able to work with two generations of children. That is a joy beyond description!
- hours of lesson preps
- telephoning and correspondence
- making props
- camp planning
- learning new music
- teaching leadership training
- sterilizing toys
- baking thousands of cookies
- lack of sleep!
How about you? How have your educational and professional commitments made a difference in your life?
Join me later in Commitment, Part 3 where I will discuss Marriage Commitment and Spiritual Commitment.
If you missed Part 1 here is the link: http://thememoryforever.com/one-powerful-word-commitment/