Is it worth it?  The time?  The money?  The sacrifices?  Those were just a few of the questions running through my head and heart as I stood over the washing machine a number of years ago moving a load into the dryer.  It was not a good season in many ways.  I was serving full-time in a local church with very little help.  We had two young and overly energetic boys.  My wife was expecting baby number three in about two months.  The real struggle was in her experiencing premature labor and thus confined to mostly bed rest.  She was out of commission and I was wondering what in the world I was doing taking grad-school classes.  The questions were logistical and about motive.  Am I doing this for the right reasons?  Do I really need to pursue an MA?  Can’t I just as well serve my present job and calling fine with what I have?  Then as I was reaching down to pull out the last handful of clean clothing I sensed the Holy Spirit confirming that I needed to stay in the fight.