I am not done.

I finished my first year of seminary yesterday! But I am far from done. So I decided to write about it to help process through all of the ways I have grown and all the ways in which I am far from done.

 
I have grown so much in the last year
I have been so challenged in the last year
I have learned so much in the last year
But I am not done

I asked a lot of questions
I played a lot music
I read A LOT of books
But I am not done

I learned to embrace
I learned to search
I learned to love again (or maybe for the first time)
But I am not done

I heard new voices
I witnessed God healing hearts of stone
I experienced real community
But I am not done

I acknowledged more of my calling and my identity in Christ
I acknowledged more of my own ability
I acknowledged more of the reward that comes from risk
But I am not done

I failed
I struggled
I battled
But I am not done

I see more beauty in the world than I ever knew existed
I feel more keenly than I ever have before
I love and I am loved more deeply than I ever thought possible
So I am not done

I am not done because I refuse to be idle
I am not done because I believe in change and redemption and hope
I am not done because my God still has reconciling and liberating work to do
I am far from done.

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One comment

  1. Another example of how God gives you the “perfect words.” Tonight in prayer meeting, John read your letter to the church. We were all deeply touched and continue to be so grateful that our paths crossed. You made all our lives BETTER! You simply amazed all of us at the maturity you possessed…way beyond your young years. We are all happy that you have found YOUR path and excited about your new position. My next-door-neighbor and friend since 1972 will be so excited about the news I’ll shared with her tomorrow. OH, YES…SHE IS A LIFELONG UNITED METHODIST GIRL HERSELF! May God continue to use you in a powerful way because your are certainly His willing vessel!

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