Today 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.