I was taught that a bachelor’s degree was the solution. A house in the country was the dream. A hefty nest egg was the goal. A happy marriage was the only option. Online education didn’t work. A life in ministry didn’t pay dividends. Children should be quiet. Dancing is vulgar. Music should be listen to softly. Audio books are for lazy people. TV watching is not healthy. Church is for Sundays. Dresses are for church. Life is a responsibility. God is an idea. I have learned that my bachelor’s degree took longer than most, but it is in what I love. A house would tie me down and keep me from what I really want to do. A nest egg is only worth anything if you are willing to use it to help others. A happy marriage is a blessing but not a necessity. Online education worked for me and for all of my amazing students because we made the choice to make it work. My life in ministry has paid me dividends more that any other investment. My children are only quiet when they are sick. Dancing is the best form of free expression. I love to drown out the outside world with the sounds of my gospel music. Reading is too hard for me, and audio books do the job. TV is how I relax without it I would burn out. Church is here, now, everywhere and every day. Dresses are for whenever you want Go to church in whatever makes you feel comfortable so your focus can be on Him. Life is a gift. God is everything. I’ll do me. You do you. God has our back.
1 Corinthians 12:18-20 - teaches us that our uniqueness and differences are part of His perfect plan. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. Your neighbor is not the same, does not live in the same way, does not feel the same way, does not think in the same way. According to God’s perfect plan, your neighbor was made differently, in purpose and understanding, that only when we come together in love and fellowship can we truly embrace God.