Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Do I Trust God...

This past week, I have been praying and thinking about what I should do. I finished one year of schooling at a community college, and I'm really wanting to go to some place where I can learn more about Scripture and applying it to life and where I can fellowship with like-minded Christians. I thought about going to seminary, but nixed that idea on bases of money and usefulness (one idea was to get into counseling afterwards...). Then I thought about just continuing my "secular" education and getting a useful degree, like business or medical. The problem is I'm not sure what I want to do. Do I want to be an over-seas missionary? Or a dentist? Or a nurse? Or an engineer?

God has been teaching me that no matter what I do, I want to live eternity-minded. I'm talking about intentional living. Living for the purpose of glorifying God and enjoying Him and expanding His Kingdom by spreading a passion for the surpremacy of Christ. Doing everything for the excuse to share the gospel. Going to school to share with my classmates. Working for the excuse to share with all the people I come into contact with. To be a missionary no matter where or what. We are all called to be missionaries, because we were chosen to be followers of Christ.

God has really shook my priorities since going to Brazil. I am going to be more involved with my family and the Church. I am going to spend more time street witnessing and just "speaking the Bible." I am going to spend more time discipling other young women. This I will do if God wills.

I have so many different dreams; I would love to open some kind of coffee house/library where students or anyone could come and get a cup of coffee and enjoy some good books and good fellowship. It would be centered around Reformed Christian theology. We could also have different speakers a couple nights a week. We could even name the daily specials after the five points of Calvinism. "I'll take the total depravity, no whipped cream." We could name it Coram Deo Cup of Joe. Or, Justification Java. Or, Biblical Beans...

Or, I would love to be a dentist and go back to Brazil for the summers and help on medical trips to the villages. Or, be the missions director at church. There are endless options. I know that God will direct my paths. He is my good Shepherd, and He isn't hiding from me. He guides His sheep and doesn't lead them astray. I know that He will make His will clear for my life. May I entrust my whole life to His perfect and good will. Praise be to our God, the One who shares His glory with none other!

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

5 comments:

Jordan said...

i want to do a coffee house thingy too! we'd have to make a mean cup of depravity though. and i could read reformed poetry while you banged away on the bongos. juli, i am so glad that you think that way because i am evaluating the same things in life! go to ecola with me!

Alex said...

I'm at that point too. As to what God's will for me in life and it is a struggle, but we have to trust him,like you say, he will not steer us wrong. About that coffeehouse thats not a bad idea, love the menu, Justification Java can't go wrong with that!

Frank Martens said...

It's good you are thinking about this now.

Masters college in LA is a great place. A friend of mine went there, and I've visted a few times. It's truely a great school to attend. Another one is Bethel College in Minneapolis MN (near Piper :), I've had various friends that I grew up with go there.

Adam Cummings said...

Julianne... three letters: TMC! I admit, it's not cheap, but join with me in committing to cleaning my dentures at the same time I'm paying my college tuition off. Frank has the right idea. I love it here at The Master's College. The teaching you get is indispensable, and the president irreplaceable. May God guide you along your path of decision making! : D

Joanna Martens said...

I personally am fond of my school, Vanguard University. You're so much freer to flow with the Holy Spirit and identify yourself with the faith movement.
Don't talk about Calvin thought unless you want a mindless argument or a dumb look.
CHEERS
p.s., can i just say your bro is cute?