School is the key to success. How many times have we all heard that? I think senior year of high school I heard it enough for my lifetime, and at that point didn’t know any better. As I grow older, and get closer to a college degree, I discover more and more that education might not be as important to our success as we might think.
I’m pursuing a college degree in Architectural (structural) engineeering. I’m really going so I can go to grad school for architecture. Or that was the plan 4 years ago. The further I go in the program, however, the more I realize I’m probably not going to use that degree for it’s intended purpose. I’ve made the self realization that I’d probably be a terrible structural engineer. I think I’d be a good architect, but in order to show anyone that I’ll have to get into grad school, and right now I’m not good enough at structural engineering to get into many of those.
The more of these little roadblocks life throws at us, the more I can see God at work. The further along I go in school, the more I learn about my degree, yet I also learn more about God, about scripture. I become a stronger christian with each year, and I’m able to search out God’s plans for me. Each year of growth His plan seems to get louder, and the closer I listen and louder it becomes, the more I realize His path for me has nothing to do with my degree. It has nothing to do with the United States education system. All it has to do with is Him, and being an example of Him and showing other people; people that may never see it; His love for all of us. Reading my bible the yesterday, I came across Mark 2:13, where God meets Levi and goes to his house. Levi was a tax collector, and “disreputable sinner,” as were his friends, so when Jesus went to his home as a dinner guest, the Pharisees asked why he ate with such “scum.” I love Jesus’ reply, and feel that it sums up how Christians should live in the world around us. Jesus replies by saying:
“Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
This pretty much sums up what I think I’m supposed to do with my life, actually. Love those that go unloved. Love the people that have never felt love; the people the world sees as bad, or especially those that the church labels as “bad people.” I’ve heard way too many stories of people being turned away from a church because of their past, or their reputation. That’s my biggest struggle with a large amount of denominations. Not all are like this, but enough are to turn people off to Christ. Much of it is because of church’s beliefs, beliefs about what is right or wrong, and if you do something wrong, you’ll never be seen the same again. My question is this: How will people turn away from doing wrong if they don’t have examples of God’s love around them? How can people change spiritually if the church shuns them and keeps them outside the doors?