Teaching Tuesday: Am I Being Called to Teach?

By Tracy Vasquez, Emily Farkas, Dusty Sanchez, and Marjaneh Gilpatrick, faculty

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Do you wonder if you are being called to a career in education? How can you take steps now to be open to this calling? We will explore three scripture passages and reflect on each to support your growth in learning, leading and serving. This may eventually lead to a most fulfilling career in teaching, the only profession that teaches and develops all other professions.

Seek His Will

“God has never forsaken those who diligently seek Him. Those who trust in Him will never be abandoned.” - Psalm 9:10

Learning to rely and trust in God’s will requires that we continually seek Him. To be called to teach is to be chosen by God to serve a greater purpose, serving many people and influencing their development and abilities to positively contribute to their communities. When we pray to God to seek His will for our lives, we also ask for guidance in our daily practice. When we have that guidance, we have nothing to fear.

Be Transformed

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. “ - Romans 12:2

Leading a path into teaching requires you to be true to yourself, which will enable you to be truthful with your classroom students. To know yourself requires daily prayer, meditation and self-reflection. By engaging in these practices consistently, you can be better prepared to lead students in their personal and academic growth. This also supports you in trusting in God’s plan for your future; that He is present with you in your decision-making and will be with you to guide your practice.

Build His Kingdom

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” - Matthew 28:18-20

Serve your students and become a role model in your community. You can demonstrate compassion by promoting a culture based on the characteristics of God’s kingdom: respect, compassion, love, advocacy, empathy and acceptance. Pursuit of a career in education can empower you as you serve this greater purpose. You can influence, lead students and community members by modeling and pursuing a collective effort in leading flourishing lives.

Purposeful, Uplifting and Meaningful

As you continue to rely on the Bible and reflect on the word of God, this meaningful practice can also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in education. By reflecting on these three scriptures and their meanings, you can seek His will, be transformed and build His kingdom by uplifting others through teaching.

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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