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Today is a Great Day

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Today is a major milestone for me. I mailed in my dissertation proposal. Not as exciting as a wedding anniversary or my daughter’s birthday and it’s not an event that I will celebrate for years to come. But, I’ve worked hard to get to this point and it feels really good to have this part done.

Yet, as I think about how much I’ve done I’m also forced to think about the work I still have ahead of me. As I think about that I can’t help but ask, why am I doing this? Why am I working so hard to get a PhD. I’m not planning on becoming a seminary professor. I don’t need the degree for my job. Why am I doing this.
It’s a tougher question than you might think. Here are my reasons. (1) I want to finish what I’ve started. I’ve put several years of work into this project. It would be foolish of me to quit when I’m so close now. (2) My family has sacrificed a lot for me to do this. It would be horribly disrespectful of me to dishonor that sacrifice by quitting now. (3) This degree will help me make a difference. My path to God has always been the intellectual path. I am most in tune with who I am and most connected with God when I’m learning or teaching. I believe, through the research I’m doing now, God will make a real impact on His Kingdom. I believe that the work I’m doing will change people’s lives. Moreover, this is just the beginning. There are a lot of things I want to research and write. I believe they will all have some impact. I don’t know how big. I don’t really care. This is my “talent.” I can either invest it and see God do great things with it or bury it. I want to invest it. I want to be a part of what God’s doing.

I’m writing this dissertation and getting a PhD because it’s part of the ministry to which God has called me, and I believe God will use it to make a difference in people’s lives.

Whatever God has called you to do, don’t give up. God will use you and what you’re doing to make an eternal difference. I look forward to hearing the stories of how God is using you.