What is your definition of a day at the office?
What is your definition of a professional?
To be a professional do you have to wear a suit?
Are only college graduates worthy of being considered professionals?
Here in Uganda the emphasis is for the youth of today to attend university and get a degree that will enable them to have a professional career of some type and earn a lot of money.
The definition of "professional" according to Webster's Dictionary is: - relating to a job that requires special education, training or skill -
Webster also defines a "profession" as: - a type of job that requires special education, training or skill.
What it doesn't say is that all of the education, training or skill come from the university setting.
What about when your car breaks down? Or the sewer backs up or a water pipe breaks? I know you hope that the person you trust to fix it has the knowledge, training and skill needed. Think about what the world would be like with out those who have the education, training and skill to build your house... the plumbers, electricians, roofers, painters, masons, carpenters...
We each have unique skill sets are needed by others, we should appreciate that God has gifted us with these differences, and not look down on those we feel are "below" our level of "education, skill or training".
We spent a lot of time this year talking to the iY students about careers. We encouraged them to see their differences as gifts from God and that when you use your natural gifting and passion that God has given you, your profession, what ever it is, will be rewarding.
Tom after a long day at the office. The GSF campus infrastructure is aging and breaking down. One of the areas that seems to be breaking faster than he and his team can keep up with is the water system.
A river of precious water was flowing from the bath house behind House 5
Tom and his team trying to find the water shut off valve, unfortunately when the campus was built they were located somewhere behind the houses buried about 3 feet down.
Break identified and being dug out for repairs
Tom is a professional!! His desire is to pass on his skills, knowledge and training to those here. Thank you God for gifting Tom and others in this way.
I want to encourage us all to appreciate the unique gifting and skills that God has given each of us no matter where our "office" is.
Be encouraged, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God!