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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
A Teacher, A Preacher, and A Lawyer...

by Christina Hadley

Man, that sounds like a start to a great joke!

Unfortunately, I ran out of material for my next stint as a Stand-Up Comic. Oh wait! Add that to the list, too! Everyone makes a list when they are younger of what they want to be when they “grow up.”

We always ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up, but it is a question that many of us are still contemplating well into adulthood. Sure, there are roles that we fall into out of circumstance or necessity, but what do we WANT to do with our lives?

When I was in Undergad, I changed my major four times within the first semester before committing to a BS in Religion: Biblical Studies.

I had it all figured out. I would major in Religion, meet a boy who wanted to be in ministry, get a little coffee shop, and mentor junior high girls in the church.

But after I walked across that stage and pulled off the campus I had called home for the past four years, I felt completely lost. “What now!” I thought. I enjoyed my classes, don’t get me wrong. As I weighed my options, though, I realized I had no idea what to do now that I had my degree. I knew one thing—I needed a job.

My first “grown-up” job was working Accounts Receivable for an international manufacturer.

To this day, I cannot tell you why they hired me for the position, but it was something that triggered a pre-quarter life crisis.

While working in a field that I did not see as ministry, I felt the logical path to take would be to begin pursing my Masters in Theological Studies, so I could stay headed in the direction I previously had seen for myself.

 I was concerned because I felt misdirected in what I was going to do to be successful in life. The fact that I loved this job when I previously despised numbers was mind-blowing! My vision became muddled, and I reached a point where I just wanted to quit!

I was halfway through a program that no longer interested me! It took me a few months and several conversations with people my age and older before it hit me: I needed to pursue a Master’s in Business.

I had a heart for ministry, but I wanted to run my own. The Lord gave me a passion for numbers so that I could be sure to be a good steward of my resources to bring him glory!

What have I learned? It’s okay to start chasing your dream and realize there is another path to get to your destination. When trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and what you want to get your degree in, I recommend finding what excites and intrigues you and then find how to make that work to get you to your goals!



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