I have been considering going back to college for a second degree for the past year. I have taken several classes at our local university and rediscovered how much I enjoyed that setting. I always liked my college classes and would probably be a professional student if I could make a living doing so. Unfortunately - I don't know of a college anywhere that is willing to pay students to attend their school. All of them want you to pay them (BIG BUCKS) to attend their prestigious campus. Is a second degree or a master's degree worth the time at this stage of my life? Is this the path God has for me? Those are the 2 questions I have had for the last year. To be in the God's will is the best place in the world, but I'm not sure where that is right now. Our church's newsletter came via email today and hit home with me. Our pastor's letter talked about being the best you can be right where you are. He made a statement that just hit me like a brick - "In life and in ministry don’t be surprised if your prayers about God’s will for the future go unanswered until you learn to do God’s will for today. You don’t need to worry about your placement. The LORD did not forget where He left you working in the field, and when you get your assignment done to the best of your ability a new assignment will be sure to open up before you."
This is an area I have struggled with for the last several years. As a stay at home mother for several years, I was far behind other women my age when I went back to work. Some days it is really hard to be proud of where you are and the position you have but it takes all parts to make a whole! The most important thing to remember is not how many notice the job you do - it may be that no one notices because that means things are working well! When things go wrong everyone notices. In addition - from the quote above - the Lord has not forgotten where He put me, nor has He forgotten what He has for me to accomplish. Whatever I am, I need to be a good one!
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"
Matt 25:23 (NIV)