Greetings! I am Samantha Taylor, a recent graduate of Bowie State University and a current social services coordinator at an assisted living facility that serves people who are elderly. I have been blessed with the amazing privilege of having been appointed as a student representative for the Board of Directors of the North American Association of Christian Social Workers in June 2013. Currently I am starting my first social work job and applying for graduate school. Both of these things take a lot of effort and a lot of faith.
When starting a new job and applying for graduate school, sometimes it can be difficult to keep the two in balance. At a new job, one has to deal with the stress of learning about the culture of an organization, developing professional relationships with the staff, and building rapport with the clients, as well as understanding and applying organizational policies and state regulations to daily practice. When applying to graduate school, one has to deal with tasks such as filling out applications, finding references, and requesting transcripts – not to mention writing admission essays and personal statements. Applying for graduate school can almost feel like a second job!
When facing these challenges and trying to balance the two, it is easy to become weary in well-doing. But one thing I have found is that in the midst of life’s many challenges, my faith is what helps me hold on and keep me encouraged until I reach the outcome for which I am striving. In my future work, I would like to be a counselor. So I am having faith that God will complete the work that He has begun in me so that my goal can be fulfilled (Philippians 1:6). I have faith that I can get through all the obstacles in front of me and do the work that has to be done in order to do what I believe God has called me to.
In an article written by Mary L. Kupferle entitled “In Everything, Have Faith in God,” we are encouraged to keep the faith no matter what we are going through. God is more than able to get me through any challenge, but I have to have faith in knowing that everything is in His hands and if it is according to His will, it will come to pass. I can say this in confidence because the Bible says that, “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). This scripture indicates to me that faith is confidence and assurance in God. And with faith, I know God will help me to do whatever it takes to reach my goals because with faith, all things are possible.
Samantha T. is currently the social services coordinator at an assisted living facility that serves the elderly population. She joined NACSW earlier this year.