Apparently I'm not a teacher. Matt & I recently decided to become members of our church & in doing so, we had to take a spiritual gifts test. My top 3 spiritual gifts were serving/ministry, encouraging & craftsmanship. Teaching was #4. I was shocked to say the least, but at the same time it made a lot of sense to me. I always thought teaching was 'my thing' in a way. I went to college to do it, but the whole time I felt I was in the wrong field. I've always been more drawn to nursing or midwifery. Turns out that is a great profession for someone who has the gift of serving/ministry. That makes so much more sense to me now that I understand a bit more about who God created me to be. It was like a light bulb going on!
But what does that mean for homeschooling? It explains why I've never fully enjoyed teaching. I don't enjoy it as much as people think I do. I'm good at it & I like to help out wherever I'm needed, but I'm not excited about it. And I homeschool. I realize you don't have to be a teacher to homeschool... but what happens when it's more frustrating to you than fun? Which has been the case over the past few years. I think I need to change my outlook on it as more of a ministry to my children & the children at CFS. Then maybe I can start to enjoy it??
I'm not sure where the notion that I was a teacher started. I think it was in my young teen years. Maybe I was just expected to follow in Mom's footsteps. (Who, by the way, IS an awesome teacher.) I kind of wish that I had followed my "heart" (i.e. God's prompting) and went to school to be a nurse or a midwife when I wanted to at 17.