Eustace the Dragon

By Camille Roth



We’ve been doing a lot of growing these days as Capital Fellows. Post Christmas break, we’ve launched into a season of applying all the lessons we learned last semester into real-time with a little something called the job hunt; updating our LinkedIn profiles, networking, and job searching looks unique for each one of us as we navigate this season, but the one question we all seem to be trying to answer is, who are you?

Honestly? I feel a bit like Eustace the Dragon.

You know—from that scene in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader where Aslan claws off all of Eustace Scrubb’s dragon scales in a painful, but necessary way? When the scales are gone, Eustace is a boy again, recovering from being turned into a big, scaley, helpless dragon after putting on a golden cuff from a trove of cursed treasure.

This scene from the Chronicles of Narnia really hits home for me as I think about the metamorphosis which I am undergoing this year. This year is a season of learning for all of us. While some lessons have been easy—like studying the Old Testament with Bill Fullilove, other lessons have been hard—like learning to have courage despite our fears.

One lesson which has been especially difficult for me to learn as a new young professional not out of her training wheels yet, is that there is no such thing as the perfect job (spoiler alert!). There can be great jobs, of course, but we will not be totally fulfilled by any career this side of heaven.

John, Martha, and Chin-Chin have been gently, but firmly burning this mantra into our brains as we begin our job searches this spring.


But how can you begin the search if you already know you can’t get the dream job?

What now?

Who am I if I don’t have this idyllic job?

With all these questions rumbling around, it’s easy to let fears of the future, being an imposter, or disappointment overshadow my thoughts and my heart. But I was graciously reminded this week through our wonderful guest speakers that there is strength and hope in Christ, and where there is hope there can be courage.

One of these wise guests shared 2nd Timothy 1:7 with us, which says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.”

Courageousness is tough to learn and even harder to practice, but this verse in 2nd Timothy reminds us that God has already given us all the strength and courage we might need through Him. He has willingly and lovingly blessed each of us with a spirit of power, not a spirit of fear.

Though all the growing pains we experience in our classes, community development, advice, and discussions can sometimes feel like peeling off layers of our own selfish ideas, I know that I am being irrevocably changed just like Eustace was when Aslan saved him from his dragon curse.

“It would be nice and fairly nearly true, to say that 'from that time forth, Eustace was a different boy.' To be strictly accurate, he began to be a different boy. He had relapses. There were still many days when he could be very tiresome. But most of those I shall not notice. The cure had begun.”
-- Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis





 

Recent Capital Fellows Pictures




A couple of fellows out on a nightly stroll on the National Mall after visiting the American History Museum





Coffee at Caboose between church activities!





Sunday brunch with all the fellows at McLean Family Restaurant.





Everyone tuning in virtually for our guest speakers together after getting snowed in at Orlane's host home.



 

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Benefits of The Fellows Initiative


You probably already know that Capital Fellows is one of 32 fellows programs in The Fellows Initiative network. Capital Fellows benefit from our affiliation with The Fellows Initiative in many ways. One of those ways is that all Capital Fellows alumni receive a 33% tuition discount at Reformed Theological Seminary for 5 years. For more information, please contact us.


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