They say no education is ever a waste, and you know that is very true. I took Kinesiology for my first degree, then I went on to be a Physical Education teacher. Today, I teach French as a second language to grade 5 students. I love it, but it is not at all what I am trained to do. I do get to teach Kindergarten physical education every second day for an hour, which is a glimpse of what I studied.
My husband is the same. He went to university and majored in history and psychology, and today is a business owner. My father was a teacher, but only taught for a year and decided that it wasn’t for him, and proceeded to have many different jobs over his working lifetime.
This happens many times to many different people. When we are young, we think we know what we want to do with the rest of our lives, so we set our sights on our goal and then achieve it only to realize that this isn’t for us.
When I was in university for Kinesiology, I wanted to switch schools and degrees during my third year. My father, being the wise man that he is, advised me against it. I remember to this day his exact words to me, “You don’t start the foundation and not build the house.” This statement resonates in me still today with many things that I start and don’t want to finish.
As my life continues to enfold as the year progresses on, I find me thinking the same about my spiritual walk. Years ago, when I was young, my amazing parents definitely laid my foundation for my relationship with God. It was a strong foundation, but somehow I abandoned the worksite for many years.
It’s not until I’m finally in my 40s that I decided to start building my house of faith. Sadly, I am just starting to put the walls of my house up in my life. At my past rate of progress, I’m assuming now as the decades progress, when I’m in my 70s or 80s hopefully I will be finishing the shingles on my roof.
Are you the same as me? Did you have a great foundation of faith laid by your parents but got distracted from your contracting duties by your ego and the crazy world we live in? I remember that my first year biology course was all about the evolution of mankind that has been defined by science. That definitely started my downward spiral to the disbelief in faith.
Ephesians 2:20-22 says, “Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
Just like starting university and not finishing your degree, even if you might not use your degree afterwards, it is the same as not building on the foundation of faith that your parents have laid for you in your childhood. You might not use it until you are in your mid-life like myself, but eventually that foundation of faith will come in handy! Jesus is our cornerstone, but it’s up to you to build your house and dwell with him in your life.
Just like any education, it isn’t a waste and neither is any form of getting to know our great divine creator. Trust me, someday it will come in handy!