I’m going to do it. I’ve been tossing around and praying about the idea since I graduated in 2005 – now I am officially a seminary student. If I stay on track, I’ll finish a Master of Biblical Studies in 2 years and an M.Div in an additional 4 years and if I have an ounce of sanity left… who knows? As I was sitting in orientation this morning one of my professors said that “going to seminary is like owning a DEWALT drill.”
A few months ago my Craftsmen drill bit the dust and I found myself in the market for another. Any guy with a lick of sense knows DEWALT is the best and since I have more than a lick of sense that’s what I wanted.. to make a long story short… I settled for a $50 Ryobi instead of the $150 DEWALT. Since then, I’ve needed the drill no more than once every other week! I hate the thought of having expensive things sitting around and rarely being used. There’s nothing more laughable than the guy who thinks he needs all the most expensive tools (and toys) available and then he never uses them.
One of my goals while in seminary is to not be “that guy”. The one who gets a tool (or a degree) just to say he’s got it. I will certainly be weighed down with the details of learning Hebrew, Greek, Theology and Church History, but when I finish, I don’t want my degree to be a tool that collects dust in the shed. I want to learn as much as I can so that I can use it (now and in the future) in every day ministry to help people and ultimately bring glory to God.