Monday, June 18, 2012

Purpose in an Enchanting Career

I have had the great fortune to grow up in a family where sowing talents and working for the Lord are two important mantras. Both of my grandfathers went back to school later in life because of their love of learning and growing. All of my grandparents have or had walls lined with shelves filled with books. We are a family that values education, reaching our full potential, and working at our talents for the Lord.

We are designed for specific tasks, the ultimate being to worship God with the talents He has blessed us with. “We are all God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). These words can seem a heavy burden, trying to figure out what God wants us to do with our lives—but I prefer to see it as uplifting: God has known our life’s purposes before we had life. He blessed us each with specific gifts, and we need to “live a life worthy of the calling” He has set up for us (Ephesians 4:1).  

I have many callings in life; one of those is to be an educator. Six years ago I was ready to give up the teaching profession entirely, but I starting working at O'More College of Design and have been captivated ever since: with being a professor, with sharing my love of literature and writing, and with the school herself. 

Below is a photographic tribute to my place of employment, a place that gives me more than a paycheck, but a sense of fulfillment and enchantment. As I walk the campus, enjoy book club with co-coworkers, plan each semester's syllabus, have tea with a student, and teach my courses, I do not forget that, as I am working towards living a life "worthy of the calling," God has blessed me immensely with this place and with these people.  

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    1. Thank you! My muse was quite photogenic, of course, but I do love photography.

  2. What a place of employment! And doing what you enjoy is everything.
    These photos are charming.

    1. Isn't it a beautiful campus?! The brick mansion is where many of our offices are, including mine. Thank you!