This upcoming Monday, I should find out if I’m an Accepted Candidate for CFOT this fall. I’m excited that the process is almost complete for my entrance to training and I can’t wait to begin learning at CFOT.
I have to say, this process has been nothing like I thought it would be. I thought it would be an extremely easy, short process and that I would have been accepted back in the fall or winter. I mean, I was a student from a Bible college with no house or car to worry about, no outside loans or debt, and experience working at THQ and CFOT. I thought it would be a piece of cake.
While I won’t get into too much detail, there were still things in my life that needed to be dealt with. The first lesson I learned was how to handle my pride. I needed to realize that I am in no way a special case. I needed to recognize that my pride led to a false assumption and evaluation of myself. I needed to become honest with myself and admit that I do have faults and failures. I’m not saying that I shouldn’t be proud of my accomplishments, but false pride can lead to a detrimental ego. The candidate process has been a humbling experience.
The second lesson I learned was that of patience. As I said, the candidate process has taken me 6+ months longer than I expected. I believe God has used this as a way to teach me how to be patient and wait for the appropriate timing. If you know me, I can be a “go, go, go” type of person. God has been using this time of waiting to grow my patience – the patience I will need during officership.
These are not all the lessons I have learned this past year, but they are the major ones that have changed my perspective and have helped in my relationship with Christ. I know that I am a lot different from what I was a year ago. God knew these changes needed to happen in order to prepare me for officership. I can’t wait to see what else God will do in the years to come!