I love being challenged to think. Oh my...it's like chocolate for my whole self. I'm not usually an instantaneous debater...I must have some time to chew on things...but the ignition of an investigative adventure into conviction, opinion and value is pure gold to this girl. My heart actually feels more alive at the challenge.
Having the opportunity to sit with great minds/hearts in my church's sermon prep group is such a gift. I learn so much from them. And today was nothing less than AWESOME! The topic revolved around election vs. free will and subsequent tangents (thanks to our series on Romans), and the discussion was so excellent!!
Obviously...I had few thoughts in the moment...Haha!...but I'm taking on this challenge! So excited. I might even have some opinions for the meeting next week! ;)
One of the other things I love about the prospect of challenging discussions with this bunch is...unity. These people certainly don't see eye-to-eye on all things, but they respect each other...they have embraced community and a culture of honor. They arm-wrestle with one hand while shaking hands with the other. They don't need to uproot and start a new church because of disagreement. They grow and broaden and deepen...because of the sharpening of brotherhood (or sisterhood). Not perfect by any means...but maturing and becoming...together.
Oh, baby...here come some thoughts!! Yum!