Teaching Tuesday: Reflecting on God’s Path for Me in Education

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

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Determining the path to take in life can be challenging. At times we are unsure about who we are and who we would like to become. Ultimately, we know we want to contribute to our community in a meaningful way, but we do not know exactly what profession to choose. With reflection and prayer, you can make the choice that is right for you. We hope the questions and Bible passages below will guide your reflection.

Do I Like to Make Decisions?

James 1:2 is one verse in the Bible that speaks to testing and trials. This verse focuses on our attitudes, but there is more to the picture. Tests and trials have a purpose.

“Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” - James 1:3-4, NIV

As teachers, this is also what you want for your students – perseverance and a knowledge that is mature and complete. When students leave our classrooms, we want them to be ready to move on, “not lacking anything.” Everyday decisions in the classroom help us to lift our students both academically and personally. Driven by His guidance, we can make purposeful choices that can have infinite positive impact on our students and school community.

Do I Want to Have an Active Full Day Working With Children?

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!” - Proverbs 16:16, NIV

When taking the path of choosing a career one must reflect on the legacy they want to create. The field of education allows opportunities to be a servant leader in a way that helps to shape the future generations. A career in education is demanding. It takes thought and self-reflection to determine if this is your path to God has a plan for you including hope and purpose. Praying to God and reflecting on His wisdoms will help guide you toward your greater purpose.

Am I Seeking a Unique Way to Apply My Creativity and Talents?

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;” - Romans 12:6-7, NIV

Take a moment to reflect on the gifts you have been given and the talents you would like to grow as a result of continued use and experience. Through this passage we are led to consider our purpose in life, to sacrifice our bodies and minds in service to build His kingdom. How can we apply our efforts into our chosen profession to serve God and the community? If your talents can be nurtured in pursuit of a teaching career, pursue that pathway faithfully.

We hope these passages and questions have helped you consider a career in education. Remember, only you can know what path is the right one for you. Continue to reflect and pray as you make a choice and work toward this profession.

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