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Wed, Jan 18 2006 - 08:44 PM

My Calling to become a teacher

In August 2004, after talking with a very wise old woman (who has since passed on),...When I was talking with her on this particular day she was talking about how much she prays, when she prays, and how she prays. Something just went through me And when I went back home, from listening to her, I realized that I need to ask the Lord, what does he want me to do for a career.
Now, my career path had been a trip. I had put over a decade of my life, time, money, energy & every brain cell I had into becoming a doctor. Well, I LOVE Science, and I Love 'helping people', so I thought this was the right career for me.
Well, I've learned that "I" may have wanted to be a doctor, but God wanted me to teach, and it was a long process before I finally got the message. As I look back on my life, I realize that I was always meant to be a teacher. When I was in the 5th grade, I was left in charge of a kindnergarten class for a few hours.
When I first walked into that classroom, the kids were painting pictures & playing games (it was their 'free hour')....so there was paint & water everywhere. Paper & scissors on the floor.....basically the room was a mess, and the kids were scattered all around as well, playing. I don't remember receiving any instructions from the teacher. She was like "Here you are, I will be back in a few."........ ANyway, I walked around the room and became familiar with each section & area of the room. After the letting the kids play a little longer, I was like ok, it's time to clean up. And boy was that a ride.
ANyway, by the time the teacher arrived, I had all of the students sitting in the center of the floor, quiet, & indian style, the room was totally clean, and I had those big orange & black cards & was reviewing their ABC's! I was mad when the teacher came......LOL......... I was Not ready to go at all! Anyway, by the time I made it to middle school, I started to Love science more and more.
And on top of that, you begin to learn that teachers are over-worked, & under-paid. And that turned me off to the profession. So as I became a teen, all I could think about was being a doctor. One day recently I was in Church and they were having youth service. I just paid so much attention to the kids, wondering what school was like for them, and what they wanted to be when they grew up, etc....
SOmething in me was like "You are supposed to teach".....AT the time, I kept suppressing the feeling, I was like "No, I'm not gonna teach, I'm gonna be a (Insert any medical profession here since I changed my mind so many times, LOL) As I got deeper & deeper into the pre-doctor world, I had so much trouble with everything (please remind me to spare you all of the ugly details). Anyway, the coldness, the arrogance, the competition, the discrimination, the cut-throat environment, etc, where too much for me to handle.
After being confused for about a year, and still thinking I had to be some type of health/science doctor.....I was like, enough is enough. AFter talking with the wise, old lady, I said a much needed prayer. God: "What is it that you want me to do with my life"
That same night, I had a dream, that I walked into a classroom and said "Good morning Girls & Boys, my Name is Mrs. "Venus".....And I wrote my name on the board. My heart was smiling in this dream. I turned around and there were a bunch of little kids looking at me. Later in the dream I was talking to another teacher & then the dream ended.
 I woke up the next morning, soooooooooooooooo excited, and started doing everything I needed to do to become an Elementary school teacher. And it feels so natural & so right. It's now apparent that this whole doctor thing was justed a part of the journey for me to find my true calling in life. I feel so blessed to be on my way to doing what God truly wants me to do. I will always love science, but my Love for science can never compare to my love for children.
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