The day I went back to elementary school. No, I did not lose all my schooling since earning a master degree and now working on a doctorate. I had an opportunity to speak at my child’s school for Career Day. That may not seem like a big deal, or maybe it sounds like a burden to some, but for me, it was a great opportunity.
I enjoy talking with kids and it seems to surprise other people when I can jump into a group of kids and speak with them. Well, I’m used to it. I have been working with kids, youth, and adults for over 20 years. I serve as a pastor in a local church. I enjoy the opportunities to get involved in my community. I am also a dad and I enjoy serving in my kid’s world. It was the coolest thing to walk into the classroom and see my son’s smiling face through the facemask of a Tennessee football helmet.
I am also a dad and I enjoy serving in my kid’s world. It was the coolest thing to walk into the classroom and see my son’s smiling face through the facemask of a Tennessee football helmet. The kids dressed as the career field they want to be in. I saw doctors, an engineer, an astronaut, an Olympic gymnast, a football player, and several others.
I am thankful the school gave me the opportunity to share with the kids what a pastor does. They did not shy away from allowing me to come and share. I began with showing the kids tools that I use in my career field, such as, my planner, laptop, my child’s Action Bible, and my Bible with a compass on the cover. I told them the sad part of my job is visiting the sick and officiating funerals. One of the best parts of my job is visitingnew babies and offering hope to people.
The kids asked great questions and one child asked me, “What is your favorite verse?” I shared Deuteronomy 6:4-7 because it reminds us to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength and that parents are to pass faith in Him to the next generation. They also asked about my educational background. I received a college degree, I also completed a master of divinity from a seminary. Currently I am working to complete my doctorate in leadership. The degrees I have earned may not be required for my career field. But if the children want to be a leader in any career field they need to continue being a learner. A learner is someone who has a hunger for learning through reading, taking classes, listening to podcasts, and asking questions of other leaders have been ways I have kept learning.
Something I learned from the kids that day was their courage to dream of a future unscarred. Life tends to add scars that cause us to ask fewer questions that keep us from learning and growing to become more.
What are you learning as you grow as a leader?