K is for...Kids

Those that know me know how much I love kids. 

To be honest, I believe that they're the reason God has me here on Earth. I've known this since I was a teen. I may have even subconsciously known this as a kid. It started when my brother and sister were born. When I was seven, my brother three and my sister one, we played school in my room. They'd sit between my stuffed animals as my students. It was a game, but I taught them how to read, write, and count. They were the first children God used me to educate. After them, I kept going: working in the church's nursery before I was even 10; babysitting as a teen; teaching children's Sunday school & working with preteens & teens at church; tutoring; teaching...the list goes on. And now, I'm working on a writing career, mentoring program, & an enrichment center. 

Everything I do will always go back to my purpose. My writing career? Children & teens. My mentoring program? For girls (ages 5 - 18). Enrichment center? Children & teens. When I graduate with my doctorate - prayerfully within a year or two - I plan to use it to do reading research so I can help better education for our youth. I even thought of becoming an advocate for youth who can't speak up for themselves.

Some people go through life never knowing their purpose. Why am I here? What should I do? I'm blessed to have had my purpose revealed to me at a young age. My mission is to educate, enrich, & empower children/teens. I have no doubt this is what God has called me to do.



Christie Wright Wild said...

That's amazing that you are so close to your doctorate. I might maybe some day maybe go for my master's degree. It's a nice feeling to know what your purpose in life is. As far as careers go, I was an administrative assistant, then went back to school to become a teacher (and totally felt called to do that). It took 6 and a half years to get certified. Then three years after graduating a second time, still no permanent teaching position. Only a few temporary positions here and there, for which I was also extremely grateful. Then, I got back into my writing. But this time, I write for kids. Picture books. All my experiences have led me to this place. Life is a fun journey, especially when we recognize that God is on our side.

Rae said...

I so agree about life being a fun journey when God is on our side. I taught for one yr, went to get my Masters, subbed for 8 years, & now I'm back in the classroom, except on the other side of the world. But I know I'm not meant to be in the classroom forever (hence my enrichment center/writing career). Isn't writing for kids awesome?!

Pam Harris said...

I'm lucky enough to work with children, so even though I don't have any of my own yet, I know how precious they are. Infuriating at times, yes, but precious. :)

Jarm Del Boccio said...

You a blessed to know God's purpose for you at a young age, Rae, so you don't have to waste precious time! Enjoy the remainder of the Challenge.

Rae said...

Thanks for commenting! Yes, they can be infuriating at times. But I love them still. Lol. Thanks Jarm, you enjoy it too! :D