Volume 2, Issue 7 NOV 2009
Why am I here?
Dr. Dennis Demuth
I don’t think there is a VCS staff member who at one time or another has not asked themselves the question, “Why am I here?” I would venture to conclude that this question has been asked more than once - maybe fifty or five hundred times.
The question is not a general question of “Why am I here on earth?” Rather, it is one of “Why am I doing what I’m doing at Victory Christian School?” Whether we are a teacher, administrator or support staff, this is a fundamental question being pondered. Answers to this question are magnified when we consider the following concerns:
- Putting in long hours – going to church services, student activities, coming in on weekends to catch up, straighten up and plan;
- Putting up with students who don’t want to learn after investing hours in planning;
- Dealing with parents who are angry, troubled, afraid, and don’t seem to understand or care;
- Performing extra duties or extra jobs and receiving no or little recognition or compensation.
Consider 2 Tim. 1-9:
“Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
Each of us in the profession of teaching, administration, or support have a specific call to be at Victory. We are here because of the divine will of God. There could be other places we could be at, doing other things. Why are we doing what we are doing – here at Victory? It is because we have been called with a Holy calling, not according to our own works (desires, ambitions, capabilities, training, or performance) but according to His own purpose and grace.
It is the deep conviction of His calling that keeps us doing what we are doing and allows our commitment to Victory to take on meaning and purpose. When we acknowledge His purpose for our life, we realize that working long hours, dealing with students and parents, going the extra mile, spending hours in preparation become fulfilling and everything we have need of begins to appear in our life. When we are walking in God’s purpose of being at Victory life is easier – full of peace, joy, and contentment.
The devil is out to discourage us in an attempt to get our mind and heart off God’s call and our commitment of service, just as he did with Adam and Eve. The attempt is to cause us to question God’s call through situations, circumstances or opportunities we face.
What should we do?
Consider the following four actions:
- Hold Fast. Hold fast to your confession of faith in God’s calling and expect the circumstances to line up with God’s calling and direction.
- Expect the Best. If we are not walking in God’s best, we need to evaluate where we are on those things that prevent us from receiving God’s best.
- Draw Near to Him. He wants us to draw near to Him - to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and he wants us to love our neighbor as He loves us. This will promote satisfaction in His calling.
- Draw Upon His Grace. God’s grace is the divine power that equips us to do His will.
- Walk out His Calling. Being sensitive to the voice of the Spirit of God and then being obedient to His voice will cause us to walk out God’s will for our life. As we stay in the center of His will, we will find His grace to empower us to do His will.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)