I'm Going Back To School!

This week I have invited Adele LaCombe, the CEO of Debbie Macomber Inc, who is a regular part of HCC and serves on our Council, to write this week's HCC Blog.

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28 – 30)

After 30 years from schooling, I decided to return to college as part of a program with YFC. I started college right out of high school but never completed it. I could have been a better student and did trade school instead. Truthfully, I've done fine for myself in all the years since, so going back was a bit intimidating.

It's been quite the adjustment to my life, with many work assignments due. Recently, I stayed late into the night at my office, taking my first open-book test. It took three hours, and I completed it at 9 pm. I hadn't had dinner and was exhausted. As soon as I hit enter, my score came back. I got a 68% for my first grade after thirty years off. 

I wanted to put my head down and cry. I wanted to call it quits. Insecurities I hadn't experienced in a long time came to the surface, and suddenly, my identity came into question.  

I'm fifty-one years old; I thought I was confident in my identity, and this test score reeled me. 

Do I truly understand what it means to be yoked to Christ? To let Him and his identity wash over and cover me and all my weaknesses? I need to accept that I may be a C- student this time, but I am yoked to an A+ God. And what might He have in store for me if I continue to lean into this journey?

That was several weeks ago. I continue to struggle on my quizzes. However, I do better on the written assignments, and in the end, I'm getting an A in the class. It is hard work; I'm being pushed to maximize my time and prioritize my calendar. I have learned that being a donkey yoked to a stallion is pretty amazing!