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To be placed on earth as part of something bigger than we can even imagine, by our most powerful and almighty God, is the greatest gift we will ever receive here on this planet. We are uniquely and intricately designed to fit perfectly in place within the earth, each having a part or a role to play in the building of God’s kingdom. Our role is not completely revealed to us at birth because we are born into sin, but as we grow, gaining information from our surroundings and environment eventually seeing that we were in fact created for a purpose, it becomes evident that there is so much more to the world around us than we first thought. Our view changes and becomes more vivid giving us the ability to see how God’s hand is in every single part of everything we feel, see, smell, taste and touch. We begin to not only see God in everything, but we question everything we personally do, placing Him in our decisions, work and how we value our lives and the lives of others.
When I became transformed into the life of a Christian it became important to me to follow God on a more intimate level. I knew that I would be called to do the things God had already chosen for me, which meant I would not be in control, but surrender whenever and wherever He led even if it didn’t feel right in my messy flesh. Learning how to hear what He was instructing me to do or where to go, was my first endeavor, trusting Him would be next. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version).
My biggest call thus far is finding myself at Colorado Christian University. God has spoken to me in many different ways, through written word, people and dreams to name a few. Having been through a very troubled past that I victoriously overcame by the Grace and Mercy of God, I have been able to help others like myself get through their own battle. As a ministry leader alongside my husband, we have had the opportunity to meet, counsel to, pray with and for many people from many different walks of life dealing with all sorts of struggles. After hearing so many of their stories, God placed it on my heart to dive more deeply into those lives to give them a better sense of hope and healing so they could recognize and accept the gift that is in their futures. I was called to go back to school to learn and gain the tools needed to become a licensed counselor, but not just your average clinical counselor, I am called to bring a more spiritual healing to people who are unaware of their God given gifts. This was to be my vocation, to work for God in excellence, truth, diligence and generosity (Smith, 2011, p. 111).
During my search for the right school to begin the journey of this important call, I was pulled tightly in a specific direction by what I would interpret as God calling out in a loud voice to me over the airwaves. As I sat in my car listening to a Christian radio station’s paid advertisement about Colorado Christian University, I knew in that moment I was going to be a student whether in that next semester or in the future, and here I am now in the midst of a new transition in the Bachelor of Psychology/Clinical Counseling program at Colorado Christian University.
As an online student at the university, I have had the pleasure of engaging with fellow Christians within the classroom discussion threads encouraging each other with our own stories of faith. Because of the great communication and Christian values emphasized throughout the school’s guidelines and strategic priorities I have discovered the importance of that communication with others and the way we must view the world in accordance with the school’s first strategic priority “honor Christ and share the love of Christ on campus and around the world” (Strategic priorities at Colorado Christian University, n.d.). I plan to continue to give encouragement and instruction in this manner where there needs to be, in order to help others and myself be successful. Another one of the school’s strategic priorities, “Teach students to trust the Bible, live holy lives, and be evangelists” (Strategic priorities at Colorado Christian University, n.d.) shows another important part of the way we must view the world, with social action. “Social action is an important facet of evangelical activism. People converted from inwardly selfish to outwardly loving do things for other people, particularly for those who are in distress and need” (Session 5 Biblical perspective, n.d.). I have found this to be very impactful to me as I have been made to use the bible more frequently and intimately throughout my courses here at the university. I am seeing God’s word in a whole new perspective as I use scripture as my guide to write assignments.
In the end, the way we view this world, or our worldview, determines who we are. My hope is that everyone I encounter here on earth will know that we are all God’s children with a purpose, instilled in us by our Father to be an example of His love. Each one of us possess gifts from God to use as tools to build His Kingdom here on earth. We must be active evangelists sharing the good news helping each other find their own way home in the Fathers loving arms.