My Calling

My last post was a bit of a departure for me as I typically don’t repeat “locker room vernacular” many times in one post.  As my husband pointed out, “the words B***-H*** make you cringe.” If I surprised some of my readers or bothered them just a bit with my choice of content, my apologies. Since I didn’t receive a ton of comments about the post, I will assume my readership took it all in stride.

I also mentioned in my last post about my return to the classroom after a year’s hiatus. This past week I attended my first set of Stony Brook School faculty meetings. It was uncanny how many aspects of the week felt like putting on a favorite pair of clothes.  I have always been a bit nervous about stating in writing what my calling in life is.  It feels too presumptuous. Yet this I know:  I have been called to teach. Whether it is in a formal classroom or an informal gathering in my home, the desire to teach and do it well stirs my blood.  To paraphrase Eric Little, “When I teach, I feel God’s pleasure.”

This is not to suggest that every day in the classroom is a bed of roses.  Quite the contrary!  I have never been more tired emotionally, mentally, and physically than when I have a day of teaching. But deep down I know this is what I am supposed to do.

One of the reasons I resisted stating my calling as a teacher for so long was because I think it takes time to have a calling confirmed. As I enter into my eighth year of teaching (and twenty years since I started), I have some experience under my belt and others have spoken into my life, confirming this calling. Another reason for the hesitation is that I have other aspirations as well, including writing and speaking, which in some respects is a different type of classroom. However, even though I may know this is where God wants me to be, I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit to some anxiety about the coming year. I will be juggling two jobs at SBS—part-time classroom teacher and part-time assistant writer/editor. I want to do both jobs well. At times I will feel too stretched. Yet God promises “His mercies are new every day.” It is my job to accept those mercies each day.


About aliciabrummeler

Writer, teacher, wife and mother. Lover of the good, the true, and the beautiful.
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3 Responses to My Calling

  1. Mama Rachael says:

    I got quite the chuckle out of the last post.

    As for “calling”, I think I know what you mean. I know that both by training and by nature I am a teacher, but is that my calling? I just don’t know. Its exciting to hear when someone has a clear view of where they want to go and are able to pursue that goal (or calling!).


    • alwaysorange says:

      Thanks for your thoughts on this, Rachael. You raise a good question. I have administrative skills, but I feel pretty confident that jobs that are purely administrative are not my calling. I guess if you pushed me I would say that just because a person has training in a particular area doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is called to that profession. Blessings.


  2. Aunt Dorothy says:

    As it has been said, “If it’s fun, it’s not work.” Glad you have found a calling that you enjoy. It sounds like a good fit and very satisfying.


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