Russ Ray

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Let me tell you a story

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!—Romans 11:33 (ESV)

The_art_scholar_by_amartinsdebarrosAbout 10 years ago, I talked to my wife about the possibility of going back to school to get my Master’s degree. At the time, I didn’t see much opportunity for growth in my job without moving into management, so I felt that a Master’s degree would help me get my foot in the door. My choice was a toss-up between an MBA and an MS Management, and eventually, I chose the MSM because I felt I would get an applied approach that I needed.

About halfway through the program, I had three straight teachers who graduated from the same program and came back to teach classes to adults at night. I was still seeing no advancement potential at my workplace and the idea was intriguing enough to pursue, so when I graduated two years later, I put in an application to become a college instructor and was hired in 2007.

My part-time job as a wannabe college professor has been a great blessing to our family. It’s allowed my wife to stay home and teach our kids. It’s provided an extra income when funds were tight. It’s given me a chance to share my academic experiences with others less fortunate than me: most of them had to put off college because of family commitments or lack of finances.

I learned something very important about my major last week. Like I said, I was undecided which one to take, but I learned some very interesting information while reading through a conversation on LinkedIn:

“In order to teach as an adjunct at an accredited university in the State of IN most require 18 credit hours at the Master’s level in the area that you teach and many require that you are actively working in the field. The MBA does not have 18 credit hours in a specific area. The MSM and the Master’s in Organizational Leadership do.

I could not believe what I was reading. In my indecision about my degree choice and my ignorance about the law, God had the plan worked out years in advance for this huge blessing for my family.

He knew that my plan for my degree was not the same as His plan.

He knew that my choice of degree would have to align with His plan.

His plan was ultimately better than my plan.

I pray today that God will provide whatever wisdom you are seeking from Him, and also that you and I will have the faith to do it.




For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

Disclaimer: yes, 2 out of the last 7 posts have dealt with the F-word. That’s because it seems that 2 out of every 7 words that people seem to utter these days is the F-word.

I see a lot of friends post “FML” on their Facebook and Twitter. Because I’m over 25 and don’t text (which makes me 278 in technology years), I had to look it up on Google (which those younger than 17 in technology years call “googling it”—is that really a verb now?)

I digress: “ML” stands for “my life” and “F” stands for… you guessed it, not the word “forget”.

If you’re not a Christian, then it’s fine to say that. Bluntly, you probably have a messed-up life like the rest of us, except that you’re trying to do the best that you can with what you’ve got, but that probably isn’t enough to get by.

If you’re a Christian (and I know of some who have used this phrase), you’re basically telling God to go f-off.

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