Reflection Paper. Before I Took This Class, I Felt That

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Reflection Paper Before I took this class, I felt that I was a good Christian. I followed the rules, prayed, did what was expected of me by my parents, society, and God. My life seemed put together and organized. I had laid out what I believed at the time to be my goals and aspirations, what I thought was the right thing to do. A business degree, a secure field of study with many job openings after graduation, would be a sensible career choice. It was safe. Surely, God would approve, right? This semester in Developing a Christian Mind has been enlightening. It has caused me to change my views on what my particular calling might be, as well as what a calling actually is. I had always thought that a Christian mind is one that is…show more content…
If He can die for me, I can’t shrink from my own calling. So, with this example, I have the responsibility to seek God’s will in my life. Disregarding this would responsibility would be disobedience, sin. Jeremiah 29:11 assured me that God indeed has a specific purpose for my life, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, but to give hope and a future.” Jeremiah goes on to spell out how to receive His wisdom and carry out His plan. "Then when you call upon Me and come and pray to Me, I will hear you. When you search for Me, you will find Me; if you seek Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:12-13) As I began to actively seek God’s leading, I have seen His confirmation of my efforts through reflection and the counsel of those I respect. Unique and individual, we are each given spiritual gifts along with physical and intellectual gifts perfect for the calling on our lives. (Romans 12:6-8) “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” As I began to scrutinize

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