19 Dec 2009

Paul Brown, Professional Engineer

Submitted by Paul Brown

A few minutes ago, I found out that I have passed the Principles and Practices of Engineering exam and am now officially a licensed Professional Engineer (CO #43751). This is very exciting news that marks an important milestone in my electrical engineering career. As a licensed engineer, I am now authorized to issue drawings under my own name, allowing me to be the final reviewer of others engineers' work or even, if I wanted to, strike out on my own rather than being under other licensed Engineers at a firm like Peak Power.

In the midst of enjoying the excitement of this new accomplishment, I am reminded of my favorite Bible passage in Philippians 3.

3For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—4though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
     If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.

I could put my confidence in the flesh for many reasons myself: I grew up in a good family with abundant love and support. I am smart and accomplish most things to which I put my mind. I have a great job that I enjoy and that pays relatively well. I have a beautiful and loving wife who is a daily joy and blessing to me. And now, most recently in my mind and heart, I am a Professional Engineer.

The passage continues

7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

I want to make these words my own! No matter what accomplishments I can bring up to impress people or how many bullet items I can place on my resum&eaccute;, all that I have ever earned to my credit is a big dung pile in comparison to the surpassing greatness of having been rescued from sin and joined to Christ through faith and nothing but sheer grace extended through the death and resurrection of Jesus. I thank God for many things, but most of all for adopting me as his son through the reconciling blood of Christ.


I am so very proud of you, and even more so for your humility and desire to honor Christ above your accomplishments. You are such an amazing man, and I'm blessed to have the priviledge to be your wife!

Congratulations on becoming a Professional Engineer! Good perspective. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Congrats Paul!!! Good stuff.