If you grew up as a Seventh-day Adventist, you probably know the holy trinity of acceptable Adventist career paths: medicine, ministry, and teaching. After all, if our duty as Christians is to help others, shouldn’t we choose jobs that best facilitate that mission? I, a business and English major on the track to law school, say otherwise.
Living a life of service, as described in Kudzai’s article this week, is about more than what career you choose. A life of service is about the way you approach life and treat other people. It is possible for there to be bad doctors just as it is possible for there to be good lawyers.
If you, like me, simply have no interest in teaching, preaching, or healing, have no fear, because you can serve people no matter what you do — God is not constricted by your interests or career path.
While I highly respect those who decide to dedicate their lives to service by going into traditional service-oriented occupations like medicine, ministry, and teaching, I don’t think those people have the monopoly on service.
You can serve people just as well in an accounting office as you can in a school room. You can serve people in your home just as well as you can by going on a mission trip across the world. As you will find out by reading Devon and Gleb’s articles on Walla Walla University student missionaries serving abroad and here in the U.S. — God is not constricted by your location.
The only thing you have to do is cultivate a desire to serve and then look for opportunities to help others. Luckily, there are many opportunities here in Walla Walla that you can take advantage of, such as the Blue Mountain Humane Society, written about this week by Garrett, and the Blue Zones Program, written about this week by Austin.
Also in this issue is a humor column by Ben, an outdoor column by Nick, a sustainability column, and our brand new creative writing column by Cameron. This column is a murder mystery that will come out in serial format on our website. To find the killer you will have to read the next publication!
I hope you have a great week and look for ways to serve your community using the positions, interests, and talents God gave you.
Photo by Abigail Lombard.