Second First Day of School

03/07/2013

Second First Day of SchoolToday I continue working on a goal I set for myself five years ago.  I wasn’t going to, in fact, in December I was about ready to throw in the towel.  I had started and stopped working on it so many times that I was ready to just give up.  Today I’m taking an online class for my Master of Arts degree.

I wish I could take credit for this herculean act of perseverance, but I really can’t.  I didn’t just become motivated, again, by myself overnight, my family helped.  I’m privileged to be surrounded by people who want to see me accomplish my goals.

You see a degree like this for a minister doesn’t do much.  No pay bump, it doesn’t qualify me to pastor somewhere I can’t right now, it doesn’t even allow me to teach at a collegiate level (at least in our movement).  So as you can imagine it’s a challenge to stay motivated.  Yet that didn’t stop my wife, my mom and stepdad, and my brother from basically hosting an intervention and telling me that I needed to finish.  Don’t misread that, I am absolutely thankful for it.

So now I’ve mapped out how I can finish my degree sometime this year.  I plan on still finishing the editing for my novel and being able to publish it early next spring, but in order to finish school I had to push it back for a year.

Sometimes we have to delay our passions in order to complete a previous project.

In the long run, I’ll probably be glad I got my MA, but I know that I’ll definitely be glad to have a family that calls me on the carpet and pushes me to accomplish my goals.

2 responses to Second First Day of School

  1. When you finish you will be so glad you stuck it out. In the grand scheme of things what is this effort really going to cost you?

  2. joyce cormican 03/07/2013 at 3:18 PM

    I’m glad you have a lot of encouragement and support. I pray that you will accomplish this, and God will use it for His glory. Love and prayers in christ, Joyce