The kids and I read 'The Tortoise and the Hare' this morning. I have always liked that story where the unlikely turtle wins the race through discipline and perseverance, while the rabbit, who takes for granted his victory, naps in the shade.
It made me think of my seminary experience. I am often asked, "How do you do it?" The idea of managing a home, mothering 3 active children, keeping in touch with friends and family, volunteering at church, and adding a masters degree to all that is rather overwhelming. But I, like the tortoise, just take it one step at a time. One book at a time. One paper at a time.
Every day is full of choices about how we can spend our time. Being a student means a lot of those choices are made for me (and Danny!). During Easton's morning nap I study. During the kids' afternoon rest I study. After they go to bed I study some more. It's true, there are no time slots left for TV or scrapbooking or facebook or manicures. But all those 1 hour chunks really do add up! That's the steady part. As for the slow part ... consider this: Just 18 months from now I will graduate with a 2-year degree ... that I started in the spring of 2004. For those of you who are not math whizzes, that means I've crammed two years of study into seven. :)
And that, my friends, is proof that the Ethiopian proverb is true: Little by little the egg will walk.
Or to put it in American jargon: Slow and steady wins the race.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
slow and steady
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.