I remember going to church with my mother, stepfather, and sometimes my grandparents from a very young age. It was just part of our family life. At the age of 7 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and asked him to live in my heart and guide me for the rest of my days. Over the years, like many people with a strong religious or spiritual conviction, I have wavered off and on, going through intermittent spurts, if you will, of attending church and spending time studying scripture and then becoming lax. Fortunately, through some extremely trying circumstances in my recent past, I found my way back to the Lord once again, but am admittedly “young” in my knowledge of scripture and in my ability to use God’s word to guide me through this journey known as life.
As a person, I believe that delving into the word of God will not only bring me to a place of peace and understanding but will also serve as a means for God to communicate with me. The Holy Bible is so full of information for both newly blooming Christians and veteran believers as well. It is through this amazing work of literature that we can find guidance on a myriad of topics and issues. As a student, I feel that spending time learning the scripture all over again will not only help me to stay balanced but will also impress further upon me how to be a good citizen. There is much to be gained from the Bible as a learner, also. For instance, Jesus uses parables to teach his followers in the New Testament. This can be used to aid in many platforms, including teaching AND learning. As a future teacher, I believe that I can use Jesus’s technique to teach my students. He would give His followers a story to mentally illustrate a point to them. Elementary aged students, especially can learn quickly in this manner.
If I had the freedom to learn anything, I think I would travel the world and absorb as much information as possible about different cultures, languages, and religions around the world. Anthropology and sociology have always sparked my interest but my first inclination is to study scripture because without God’s word, I would be lost in this world. I feel that if I devote twenty to thirty minutes each day to read and reflect on scripture, I will have made excellent use of my time on this learning project and will thoroughly enjoy rekindling that connection with my higher power.