Dr. Stacy McNeill is a professor at College of the Ozarks where she teaches Communication Arts. She writes of how her calling has shaped her–in college administration, teaching in the classroom, and in her role as a mother–and how God has called her to each of these areas.
God’s calling on my life has been revealed to me in several ways and over various periods of time. When I was a child, I sensed a distinct calling to choose a career where I would frequently speak to others. In my mind, I thought that might be work as a lawyer in a courtroom setting; looking back, I think this was likely influenced by a legal drama I enjoyed.
When I arrived at college, through classes in speech communication, I began to see the beauty in the idea of communication as an act of sharing with others, either verbally or in writing. I also began to see the gift of communicative ability as one that could be used for God’s glory or for Satan’s evil.
In further pursuit of this area of study, I ventured on to graduate school, where, for the first time in my life, I was surrounded by many who didn’t embrace a Christian worldview. My minority status as a believer allowed me the chance to attempt communication with others who didn’t see Christ as the Cornerstone of their lives. I experienced tremendous growth in this season of my life, and can see where God’s hand lead me to an awareness of the needs of others, spiritual and otherwise.
During graduate school, I began to teach undergraduate public speaking courses. This was supposed to be a way to pay for my postgraduate work, but became a joy. I relished the challenge of inviting my students to an appreciation of my beloved subject matter. My father was a teacher, Read More