Friends know immediately when I become passionate about something new. Some have wrongly labled my enthusiasm for new things as "fickle." EERRRRRR!!! I still have the same old passions and interests but God uses the new ones to further define the old.
For instance ... this past weekend I changed my topic for my systematic theology paper from "the problem of evil" to "single woman-image of God." The prescribed parameters for the format of the paper were very strict: 8-9 pages. What?!! But there's so much more that I want to say! My thoughts began to form into chapters as I studied and I soon realized that the only thing left to do was ... write a book. The book will deal with Single people within the local church, how they are treated, how they ought to be treated, is marriage the more godly way of Christian living, what role does community play in their lives, and living out one's calling day by day as a Single.
What would you want to see covered in such a book?
As summer approaches I become more and more excited. The Lord has given me a passion for the Pacific Northwest. I have been given the opportunity to go out there this summer to assist a body of believers. I am uncertain of my formal responsibilities as of yet, however, my imagination is going wild with the possibilities. One desire of mine is to conduct a weekend seminar for the ladies in the congregation (and teenage girls) on God-centered Evangelism, being relational in the community, and being able to share and live one's faith in a post-modern, Bible-illiterate world. A section of Will Metzger's book, Tell the Truth (must read), provides a survey of sorts to take in the spiritual health of those in the community. The questions are relatively non-threatening, allowing the survey taker to feel free to share their own personal beliefs in regards to spiritual matters, the Bible, and the man, Jesus Christ, with the hope that I would, in turn, be able to share the Way, the Truth, and the Life with those I encounter. I would love to incorporate this into a formal study of women in the Pacific Northwest, particularly if the Lord is calling me to minister in the region long term.