So who else thought September was a busy month??
Somehow once you pass July, the days just excelerate and we find ourselves already counting down the days to Christmas (75 days as of today) and then it will be New Years soon after and in February 2014 (if there are no hiccups), guess who will be admitted as a lawyer in Victoria?? ;)
I know it’s a bit premature to be saying this given that there are still 3 months to go, but I think 2013 has been both the most challenging and most rewarding year I’ve had so far.
There’s nothing quite like saying good bye to exams for good (at least for the next little while) and starting a new chapter of life. My body has adjusted to the 9-5:30 rhythm but getting the right balance of work/rest/play is something that has to be evaluated on a regular basis.
However, one of the challenges I’ve met this year has actually occurred outside of the workplace. It came in the form of a group of guys that met once a week to discuss the key themes that underpin the Christian faith.
These guys are highly intelligent (most graduating from Melbourne’s top selective high school) and deep thinkers, who often asked questions that had never really crossed my mind and forced me to take a step back and reassess what and why I believed about the God of the Bible.
What I discovered is that my faith is not blind, but rather I have experienced the reality of God at work in my life so debates about e.g. evolution/creation etc., don’t really change that reality or shake the conscious decision I’ve made to mirror my life to that of Christ’s.
While that may be all well and good, what I also discovered is that in this day and age, your own experience of God is rarely enough to motivate others to take a step of faith themselves to experience this reality. We live in a culture of relativism where the attitude is, “that may be good for you, but that doesn’t mean I have to subscribe to what’s good for you. You can do what you want as long as it doesn’t affect what I want to do.”
So how does one respond to this attitude that is prevalent in our society? For the Christian aka Christ follower the answer is: do like Christ. What did Christ do? He challenged societal and cultural norms and confronted them head on (which, mind you, often got him in the faces of the religious leaders of his day). Christ didn’t shy away from the tough questions rather he was the one who made people question why they believed what they believed.
As someone who is more of the peacemaker than a picker of fights, this has been a challenge; but a rewarding one. Instead of just brushing questions aside or throwing my hands up in the air, my faith has been strengthened, enlarged and the roots go deeper as I fill in the gaps to my understanding of the God of the Bible and how it relates to my life of the present day.
The overflow of this discovery of truth has culminated recently in a Q&A session at the end of one of our church celebrations. However, 10 mins really wasn’t enough so to keep the momentum going we have a panel discussion night happening this Sat which I would really like to extend an invitation to whoever is reading this convoluted blog post :).
See this event page for details.
Whether you are a Christian or not, I think the panel night will be both challenging and rewarding. Much to be gained either way. Think about it – hope to see you there ;).