Through taking this class I have learned how to not only manage my life better but my finances and decisions as well, helping me to structure my life around the things that really matter through understanding my own worldview. This class has caused me to do a lot of reflecting on my own life and seeing how it correlates to a Christian worldview, revealing that I need to dedicate more of my time and effort into building my relationship with God.
I learned in this class that a worldview is comprised of a combination of a person’s assumptions and beliefs one holds about life and the world around them. I have also learned that every person has a unique calling and purpose for their life. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, Jeremiah 29:11” (NIV). More specifically God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. I learned from reading the book Courage and Calling that God has given us three callings: a call to be Christian, a specific calling unique to each individual, and a calling to be responsible in the present. I always thought I only had one calling and just haven’t found it yet but as expressed in this book, I have two callings to attend to while awaiting God’s revelation of my specific calling.
Another thing I learned is that, “our self-knowledge and self-awareness happens in community. We come to know ourselves not in isolation from others but as part of the body of Christ” (Smith, 2011, p. 68). Before taking this class I thought I needed to spend more time alone in order to get to know myself better and to learn my calling but this quote claims the opposite. We can’t grow on our own, we need the nurturing and struggle that community offers. When I was isolating myself from others I realized that I was becoming more socially awkward and felt even more lost. Although it is true we gain a sense of self-knowledge and self-awareness when in community, in the end I know that God is the only one who can reveal to me my true calling. God created me and knows me better than anyone else. Who is better to ask than Him what is in store for my life?
Personal relationships with Christ are crucial in finding our calling. I always believed Christianity was only about my personal relationship with God, but I thought I could only find my calling on my own. I truly believe the bible verse, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened, Matthew 7: 7-8” (NIV). This verse explains the importance of making God a part of every decision we make. Every time I have lost something and couldn’t find it and decided to ask God to show me where it is, usually not even ten minutes after I prayed I’m able to find it. Coincidence, I think not! Even though it is a relatively small request to help find...