September 18, 2015
It’s official; my wife is a midwife! As of Wednesday, September 16, and after the 7-hour comprehensive exam for certified professional midwifes, she is now “Jill Dillard, CPM”. I am so proud of her for her diligence, perseverance, and hard work to see this long road through to its end and reaching her goal of becoming a CPM.
The whole process, including various course work, lots of studying, tests, research, clinicals, sleepless nights with long labors, being on call for multiple births at a time, and the comprehensive test for full certification as a CPM, has finally culminated this week. This will be especially helpful on the mission fieldThe light at the end of the tunnel was always there, but we just hadn’t seen it until recently. And if anybody knows how much hard work it has been for her, it’s me. Jill has been very disciplined and sacrificed a lot to get to this point. So much so, that I don’t have the capacity within this brief blog post to give all the details to do it justice.
Now begins the fruit of that labor, that is, having a valuable skill and “tool in the tool belt” to use for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. It’s important for us to not just get an education for the sake of getting an education. That is not a true education. The purpose of any educational endeavor, whether primary, secondary, or post-secondary, ought to be to prepare to contribute to society, and for Christians, that means productivity for the Kingdom. Notable verses I’ve been meditating on recently are Ecclesiastes 9:10, Colossians 3:23, Matthew 6:33, and Romans 6:6. I would encourage everyone to get a Bible, open it, read it, and see what God might be speaking to you today.