Embracing Your Purpose

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

Ever since I was a little one, I knew that teaching was meant for me. I would force my younger brother to sit in the room as I taught him math problems and how to spell certain words. I would help my friends in my neighborhood with their homework right before we spent the remainder of the day playing made-up neighborhood games. Education was my purpose, so when I graduated from high school, I had it set in my mind that becoming a teacher would be the route for me.

I decided to major in integrated communications, instead.

Making the decision to choose this major included a number of factors. First, I didn't think that I would ever have the patience to deal with children or the parents who believe their children can do no wrong. Secondly, I was concerned about the salary (or lack thereof) that teachers bring home every month. We all know that teachers don't make much, so the desire to make money preceded my focus on wanting to become a successful educator. I thought that taking the route of a degree that combines journalism, marketing, and communications would at least give me more freedom to do more and get well-paid for it.

I was wrong.

After taking numerous courses in fields not related to education, I realized that I had to stop delaying the purpose that God created me to fulfill--being an educator. I finally received my degree in English and now I'm applying for grad school, so that I can begin teaching. God brought me all the way back to square one to face the profession that He wanted me to excel in. I had to let go of my own fears and embrace my purpose.