Are you devoted to your research?
That’s a strong word, huh? We might be committed or interested, but devoted? Hmm.
“Fully Devoted” was the title of yesterday’s message at church. In this post, I think about (and ask you to think about) whether we can translate the lessons shared to our lives as RESEARCHERS.
The message deliverer, Don McLaughlin, shared 4 concise outlines in the endeavor to depict, characterize, and capture the notion of devotion. (I post the 4 outlines at the end of this post). As he neared the end of the lesson, he asked us to reflect on the following questions:
Is your full devotion evolving? Do people say, “Man! I’ve seen you change . . .”
My question to you and to myself is: Is your level of devotion (or commitment) to your research project evolving? If so, how, why, and is it for the better?
Please post away. I’m really curious to know what you have to say. My commitment to my project and my devotion to my field has ebbed and flowed in the past but is quite secure now. I’m going to reflect on the reasons and share them in a comment on this post once I’m clear!
As always, thank you for visiting and posting, and may today be all that you need it to be.
Attempting to Capture the Notion of Devotion in 4 Succinct/Pithy Outlines
Q: What does it mean to express FULL devotion?
- List One on FULL Devotion. NOTE: This one is the ONE list that does not as plainly translate to researching (though I see an application), so feel free to skip it! The other lists are cool, though! 😉
- It is a mental picture.
- It is an example.
- It is an inspiration.
- It is an imitation.
- List Two on FULL Devotion
- It is an answer to a call.
- It is a standard.
- It is a requirement.
- It is a goal.
- List Three on FULL Devotion
- It is a calling.
- It is a desire.
- It is a pursuit.
- It is a lifestyle.
- List Four on FULL Devotion
- It is a confession.
- It is a vow.
- It is a determination.
- It is a plan.
BIG Q: Can we appropriate any of these in our lives as researchers? Some may not translate well, but others may. What do you think? Too much? Right on point? You know of a book that says it better and pointedly for researcher writers? (If so, PLEASE do share. We’d love to know about it).
Message presenter Don then went on to say that he believes that every believer is an ordained believer. I guess in our fledgling-blossoming researcher vocabulary, that would translate to
“I guess I believe that every researcher is an ordained researcher. Even when they are fledgling, and that is why they blossom.”
I honestly believe that your research is important if for no other reason than that it contributes to an important conversation that others will “join.” Your perspective just might spark the idea that leads to someone’s lit review that eventually transforms some aspect of the game. Who knows? Your piece is important though. So, as I often tell myself throughout the day, “Carry on! Carry ON!”