Below is the final piece of a 4-part series by an anonymous contributor, a recent PhD recipient who has been involved with ESN and wanted to share lessons he learned during graduate school. In the fall he will begin teaching at a private Christian university. Praise God!
Click here to read Part 1, click here to read Part 2, andÂ click here to read Part 3 — be sure to check out the helpful conversation in the comment section onÂ 9. Donâ€™t be afraid to be known as a fanatical Christ-follower. ~ Tom
“Finishing-up” and “Moving-on-to-the-next-job”
12. Pray for the next assignment
In times of transition, I have found it helpful to pray for the next assignment (especially the people with whom I will work). Â This helps me to avoid getting burdened by sorrow about the friends I’m leaving behind, and reminds me that this entire earthly life is only a temporary sojourning from place to place until I go to my Real Home (Hebrews 11:8-16). Â As Hebrews 13:14 says, “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” Â This also reminds me, as I prepare to meet my new set of coworkers and friends, that my role is to serve them, agape-love them, pray for them, and point them toward Christ. . . . NOT to try to extract personal satisfaction or fulfillment from them. [Read more…] about 13 Ways of Looking at Graduate School: Part 4