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9 September 2012

God’s primary goal is not physical or material health, but a union between His people and divinity. Although stated differently on the retreat, Matt Jones repeated this concept numerous of times to the senior class. I understand that God does heal, He cares that we are able-bodied to do His good works, and He provides sufficient funds for those works to be accomplished in full. However, His primary objective as Abba Father is to unite His family in His Sacred Home.
I do agree that “Because humans possess a rational soul and a spiritual intellect, we have the quality of self-determination and moral freedom.” Dr. Aaron Smith posed a question in the second class of “Worldviews”, in which, I have been developing an answer ever since. Today, it was paralleled. Kallistos Ware reaches a foundation that allows Christian counselors to not only reckon with the Power of God’s hand over their patients, but to also know that God is not a puppeteer–a theme I have repeated since first meeting the Lord. He has a divine plan, a mission, for each of His Chosen people, He knows how we function–our likes, our dislikes, our relationships, our job, our speaking, and our doing–and yet, He allows us to choose Him.

Our God is a rational Creator, who implemented a rational, beautiful design among nature and human kind. If we are in His image, it then could be said that our thoughts are in unison with His. Or can it not be said?

Although Satan does tempt, with the Strength of God we are able to defeat any ailment. However, with Christ’s sufferings on the Cross, we too are to endure pain. Our healing that has been promised may not occur until Heaven; therefore, we may not know our full potential while on this earth.

Just as “human is mediator between material and spiritual,” so is counselor the mediator between material and spiritual, but for those who may pose temporary blindness.

It is when we step out into the light, away from darkness, that God’s path is most revealed. A Christian counselor is then there to recognize what a patient may be struggling with, identify the Lord’s identity in that person, and furthermore, emphasize that “God doesn’t care much about being analyzed. Mainly, He wants to be loved” (Phillip Yancey). It is in trusting the Lord, despite what little we have seen to scientifically prove His motion, that we are one with our patients in a moment of reconciliation with what they may fear moving towards.

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A reading from a Colorado Christian University leadership course has moved my mind to flow rapidly, and the results are as follows:
For the most part, Dr. Tim Elmore spoke as if he had just written the chapter, “Iceburg” from his Habitudes. However, he did include one startling side note about whistlers.  Whistlers being the icebergs that drift and have nothing below the surface.  In recognizing his perspective of Hitler as a leader, it seems as if a whistler is the image we can hold onto of a leader who gives up all integrity and character.  Although, technically it was Hitler’s home background that created the man who became the monster.  So is it possible to be completely exterior?  Meaning, is it possible to ignore who God intended us to be?
 In considering college life at CCU apart from the normal perceptions, my sophomore year (2010-2011), I began questioning the phoniness of our hallway talk.  Instead of just smiling at each other on the cement paths between housing and academic sides of the campus, we would stop for a quick moment and ask, “How are you and Jesus doing?” Or at least my friends and I did at that stage in our academic life.  Although the question sounds sincere, I began to question the authenticity of the heart asking, even my own at times.  We have all acknowledged that the leaders of CCU burnout FAST. In response, can we be real with our fellow comrades and finally rest? Or is that supposed to happen after college when we enter the hectic real world?  If this is our time of preparation, to me Luke 6:45 is saying stop living to the standards of CCU, Grad schools, peers, and the world,  and start spending more time with the One who sent you there to be pruned before the next step of ministry.
Jesus spent 30 years in preparation, we spend 4.
A little cliche and overbearing I know, but for me, this year is about dedicating my mind to the Lord.  I desire to seek the balance between debate and loving each other in our differences.  My roommate last night said, “As long as you don’t become a snobby genius.”  Although it is a far-cry, I appreciated hearing that I will be challenged in the classroom and in the apartment, but through it all, this year I have heard His praises most within the classroom context, and appreciate that dearly.  I believe that alone with strengthen the balance within me.
In Christ’s Image, I am identified…
In considering my identity in Christ, I must first recognize what brought me to the church.  It was the loving family, the Body of Christ.  Freshman year I wrote, ” People get to know Christ through my actions and words.  He is moving others through me and moving me through others. When things get tough, get fighting, for the Lord fought for me! He loves me for all He is through me, so allow the Spirit to overwhelm all that I am! Allow me to be nothing but love for everyone! Allow me not to be stomped on, but to love others, no matter their doings. For I sin as well, and it would be hypocritical for me to see evil through them, I must not judge, for He loves them the same as he cares for me!”For me, freshman year was a year of service.  Working as an ambassador, serving on the Pastor Search Committee, mentoring seniors in high school through Klife, babysitting and caring for an Alzheimer’s patient, etc.  In all the good work, I was loosing myself one bit at a time.  Not to mention all the emotional, physical, and relational battles of the year.  It took my identity away from Christ, and was replaced by the absence I felt inside–it was too much to control.  For I was not in control, yet was given the authority as if I were.Sophomore year, I took a step back. I quit EVERYTHING, lived with strangers, and dated God.  It was my year of listening, seeking what He intends and dismissing all my perceptions through the world’s eyes.In my past year abroad, I spent much time alone.  To the point where the sky in Cyprus was what got me through the day. No matter the storm, no matter what my roommates said, no matter the class discussion we had in Greek (which I do not know), I could look up to an open sky filled with masterful strokes of pinks, blue, orange, etc.  but always filled with puffy white clouds.  God was pure.  He was in me, and through Him, I was made pure.  It is also what I see most in the snow covered filthy grounds, and in a rain fall.  God washes everything away and prepares us for His Glory.

Through my personal travels, I gained experiences and skills and now know that my talent is truly travel.  Yet, with all the cultures I have experienced, with all the friends I’ve made, with all the religions I have encountered, God is still and will always be my way.

However, it was the very same encounters that grew my heart for the Samaritans of the world.  God has made me to recognize His face in all of humankind, as we are made in His likeness, in His image.

Therefore, I am left here, with nothing more to say than, my identity is that I am in the image of God.  Due to the beginning I am not perfect, but through redemption, I have been given the opportunity to gain His attributes and discover His peace, love, and mission for His Creation.  I am God’s Creation, a perfect, rational design.

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