This post on Taking a Leap of Faith was written by Jeffrey Chen, who is pursuing a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jeffrey has a passion for sharing God’s love with those around him. He blogs at The Wayvy Life.
As I am writing this, I am getting ready for my first week of graduate school at Fuller Seminary, where I will be completing my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. It’s very weird to tell others I am going to graduate school. I never imagined I would go to more school after college, especially right after I graduated, simply because I’ve never really liked school. I am not the academic type by any means. I hate studying, reading, and writing papers, yet for some reason I decided to do it for two more years. Why? To be honest, I don’t think I ever really had a choice. I feel like this leap of faith is just where God wants me to be, even if I never saw it coming. I feel like this is where I belong.
At the same time, I have no idea what to really expect from this program and the decision to move out all the way to Pasadena, California, where I know pretty much nobody. There are a lot of unknowns in terms of my future. I do not know what it will be like going to a small seminary after graduating from an enormous public state school. I do not know what it will be like living in an apartment all by myself in a place full of strangers. I do not know what it will be like figuring out a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend who now lives across the country. I do not know what it will be like going to class where 90% of my classmates are the opposite gender. I do not know what it will be like learning to become a therapist and trying to help others with their biggest obstacles in life.
I do know it is going to be really different from anything I have experienced in my life before. I do know there are going be times when I am going to struggle big time with school, living on my own, and living far from my family and girlfriend. I do know there are also going to be times when I feel great about what I am learning, the relationships I am building, and the growth I am making as an independent adult. And most of all, no matter what I am going through, whether I like it or not, God has the very best in store for me. As it says in what was my grandfather’s favorite Psalm, Psalm 23, “He guides me along right paths” (Psalm 23:3).
Is there somewhere or something you feel like God is calling you to or to do, but you’re afraid of the unknown? Trust Him. Take the leap of faith. His ways are not our ways, but they are good ways. I encourage you to be bold and follow the path God has set out for you. To overcome whatever fear may be holding you back from God’s calling for you. It won’t be easy, but it sure will be worth it.
As always, feel free to reach out to me for feedback, questions, or anything else. Also, I recently started my own personal blog called the Wayvy Life (thewayvylife.com), so please check it out if you’re feeling supportive! I love you all – stay Wayvy!
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