Dr. Suzanne Caruso, Associate Dean for Online Operations of the Helms School of Government, wrote the following to encourage Liberty University Online professors as we near the Fall semester. While we are not teachers, we are each building our own castle to showcase God and what He has done in our lives.
Today is August 2nd. As hard as that is to believe the reality is we are about to close out the 2017/2018 academic year and usher in 2018/2019. A fresh start. A new beginning. Or just another academic year? You will decide.
There is folklore that goes something like this: “While passing a construction site a man sees three workers pushing a wheelbarrow hauling an enormous rock. Curious, the man asks each of them what they are doing. The first is obviously frustrated and spouts, “What does it look like, I am hauling rocks!” The second, without looking up, mumbles, “We’re putting up walls.” The last man looks up with a wide smile, sets his wheelbarrow down, and with true joy in his voice says, “We are building a castle and it will be magnificent!”
And so, as we embark on yet another academic year together how will you approach your work? Will you be busy hauling rocks or will you be building a magnificent castle? I plan to work on the castle. How we view our work informs how we do our work. Finding true purpose and value has the power to transform not only our experience but the experience of the students entrusted to our instruction. Let’s always be mindful that the purpose and value lies in the reality that we are training the future leaders of the world. Let’s be purposed to continuously model and demand excellence.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of our Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 (NIV).