Did you ever want to do something just for you? It is not easy for me to commit to something that is just for me when it involves money and sacrifice for those around me.
I am a very logical thinker and that is how I normally make decisions. I weigh all the positive things I can think of and then I ask myself what is the worst thing that could happen. The time involved in this process depends on how big the decision actually might be. I also have John and several friends that I ask for guidance. I try to cover all my bases so I am able to make a good choice.
This is what I have been doing for several months now. I want to go back to school. Most of you are probably thinking either I must be nuts or what’s the problem with that? And you would all be right!
I have never had much of an interest in a higher education. I have a fantastic job with people I love. I am treated like a queen. I really never thought of doing anything else. So, what changed? Many things!
John and I downsized and moved to a retirement community. I never in a million years dreamed I would ever be able to retire but now it might actually be a possibility.
I love the job I have but I really do not want to be working at this stress level when I am 70! I am ever so grateful for all that I have been given but please let there be less stress SOME day.
And above all, there is God. I have been feeling a gentle tug for quite some time and trying to figure out what to do with it.
Many years ago I volunteered for Hospice and I loved my time there. It is a fantastic organization and I completely embrace their philosophy. My volunteering experience was with nursing home patients and I know I would be comfortable working with patients or their families. I seem to possess whatever is necessary to listen to people say what they need to say. (I KNOW I am a talker but I CAN be a listener too!)
Sorting through all this information I have finally come to the decision to go to International Seminary. It is a non-denominational Seminary and a school that offers much. It is close to my home and affordable. I am not exactly sure where this journey is going but I am going to trust God to take me where I need to go.
The first year of classes is the same for all their degree programs. This will allow me the time necessary for further guidance before I make a final decision on a specific degree. I am keeping my mind open to any and all options so that God can work with me and lead me. John is supportive of this decision and his opinions will be important to me as well.
We are always told by church leaders that we should have a child-like faith and that is what I believe I have. I trust that if I walk through the door God will guide my path to the place He needs me most. What is the worst that will happen? I will deepen my understanding of the bible and there is nothing wrong with that at all.
If I can take this journey, I am sure that there is something in your life that you want to do that will be special for you. It may be a big thing like mine or something very simple like going to see a movie that only you want to see. Whatever it is, I challenge you to do something that you want to do for yourself. Be sure to share it with me because I’d love to pray for your success as I ask you to pray for mine!