I am an extremely strong-willed Christian woman. When people describe me they use words like "opinionated" or "driven." If I set my mind to something, I am going to find a way to make it work; I attended the college of my choice, went to the graduate school of my choice, and got a job in the exact career field I had always planned to work in. I know exactly how I feel about a lot of things, and I make a point of educating myself on the things with which I am unclear. I have found my strong personality to be both an advantage and a detriment. I do try hard to be respectful of others, but outside of that there's not much I can do to change it; this is just who I am.
Additionally, I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I take medication for it, and the people in my regular life don't know I have it unless I tell them. But internally it is always a struggle for me. My husband says I have found a way to turn part of it into a positive thing, and I hope he is right.
My parents raised me to understand that nobody deserves God's grace, and thus nobody is better than anyone else. I believe that the Bible is beautifully accurate and, although some contexts are admittedly confusing, we don't get to cherry pick what suits us; it is all truth. I also believe that humanity is not basically good. We are selfish, inconsiderate, and weak. This especially includes Christians... we have all certainly witnessed the ugly side of "Christianity." It seems that we as believers struggle to stay resolute in the truth while remaining non-judgmental. This is ridiculous, because Christianity is the one context in which those two things should easily coexist. Finally, I believe that society has become so lost that it is difficult to extrapolate which "norms" have been made acceptable or unacceptable out of our self-serving, weak nature. But more on that later :)
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