Final Reflection Samaritan Moore Understanding Worldviews Professor Roy Collins August 14, 2013 When I started this course ten weeks ago it was the first time I had heard the term worldview. I wondered, “What does worldview mean? ” I could give you the definition of worldview, but it is so much more than a definition. The beliefs that are my worldview shape not only how I view the world, but also influence the particular beliefs I come to hold, the Judgments and decisions I make, and all that I think, do, and say.
Each person’s worldview develops over time as he or she experiences new vents and interacts with the world that surrounds them. In Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview it says, “Everyone has a worldview-whether they realize it or not. It is not only human prerogative, but human necessity’ (Phillips, Brown & Cotoneaster, 2008, p. 4). In this paper I will share what having a worldview has done for me academically, financially, and spiritually. In this course I have learned the principles of worldviews and how I want to incorporate them in my life.
I have come to the conclusion through the teachings in this course that I am a theist. Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview states, Acknowledging the existence of God is not merely a sentimental belief in a kindly “Father in the sky’; it is a bold and powerful declaration concerning the origin and meaning of the universe. Unlike naturalism, theism holds that real things do exist beyond the physical realm: God, angels, the human soul, immortality, and the like. (Phillips, Brown & Cotoneaster, 2008, p. 41). Finding my faith has made me view everything in my life differently.
I do not feel that things upset me as much, I am more understanding of others feelings about God, and Just appreciate life more. I know now I am living to fulfill my purpose given to me by God, to make a difference not only in my life but also in the lives of others. The cause of my existence and that of everyone else is a gift from God and should never be taken for granted. We are put on this earth for a purpose and to live out our calling. I exist to live out my calling as a nurse and to continue to have a growing relationship with God. I exist to serve our Lord and Creator in a manner that pleases Him.
I exist to love my family and friends and to be valued apart of my community. I may be Just one person but I intend to make my existence known. The division of good and evil within me is there to test my faith and has helped me to choose the paths that will one-day lead me to God. I must live my life with God in my heart and with my community by my side. I am not perfect by any meaner, but I know the difference between good and evil. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” Sis. :20 (English Standard Version). When it comes to death, if I live by my principles I have established I will be accepted into the house of the Lord. I am not Your World: A Biblical Worldview it says, “If I believe that God is the Creator of all things, I move myself from the center of my universe and see God as the most important being” (Phillips, Brown & Cotoneaster, 2008, p. 10). Before this course I held very little interest in anything at all. I have gained interest in religion, God, and how to expand my relationship with God. Feelings of confusion and negativity filled my life.
I never really had a positive outlook on anything. Opening my eyes and accepting God in my life has given me fulfillment. I feel focused by finding and understanding my purpose and calling. I also feel I have a positive outlook on life and want to reach out to others in my community. My assumptions of not being able to achieve my calling have changed dramatically. I now have confidence, a plan, and a supportive community to make my assumptions a reality. I have values that I did not have before, such as a value of life with God in it. I value my family and friends so much more, and their wellbeing.
All together I have found a newfound self worth as a result of this course. I have learned to recognize biblical themes because of this course. First and foremost is finding, and accepting God into my heart. I feel the biggest thing I have achieved I have gained. I know now that He has been there all along and I neglected it all this time. I was reading in the book of 1 John and came across a verse that fits into my accepting of Christ. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son learners us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins and to clearance us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us 1 JNI. 1:5-10. I have learned that we are placed on this earth by God to serve a purpose, and live out our calling.
In Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential it states, “God calls us to do the work we do, and thus our work becomes something that we do as an offering to God” (Smith, 2011, p. 444). I feel that my purpose is to care for others, therefore living out my calling as a nurse. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeer. 29:11. I am truly thankful and blessed for the exposure I have gained from this course. What I have learned spiritually will be applied daily.
I have learned the power of prayer and that I can always talk to God and thank Him for all he has given me. I have a friend with an ill family member. I found that testing him a prayer here and there helped him through his times of struggle. I am still learning what it is to have God in your life, and what it can do for you. I intend to learn more and hope to apply it when I come across someone who may question, or not know what it is to accept Academically it will help me strive, work hard, and be honest. I really feel I take much more pride in my work. For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has Colorado Christian University. This course has shown me that there are many views to look at when learning about things, open your eyes and your mind. Financially I have learned to manage my money and that money has good and evil qualities. I have been ignorant when it comes to my money. I need to learn to save and conserve my funds. In Financial Peace Revisited it states, “Ignorance is not of intelligence; it is lack of knowledge on a particular subject” (Ramsey & Ramsey, 2004, p. 6). I do not remember learning in school about managing your money. I feel money is something many of us take for granted, and if you do not learn to manage your money it will manage you. I have never been one to think about being rich, I would rather be happy. Like I have said before, as a nurse my income will double, but I am not interested in the money, I am interested in it for the heart. This course has influenced me spiritually by helping me find and understand my faith. Worldview has given me stability through knowledge about what I believe.
It has also given me the ability to defend what I believe in the face of opposition. I called my sister on the phone the other day to talk to her about the bible. In that forty-five minute conversation I could hear in her voice the happiness that I am learning to accept faith. It has influenced me to be closer to my family and I want hem to understand their own worldview. Understanding worldviews gives me the ability to make a difference in workplace. Working in a hospital setting you see the struggles people face with faith, and you also see the power of faith.
I feel I understand more of what a big role religion plays in healing not only the body but also the mind. Worldviews influences how I interact with the patients and their families, being accepting of their needs. I had a patient who is Catholic, and his family would come in after church to visit. His dad would give him communion in his room and would have me read what they went over in church that day. It was nice to see how religion can bring people together, and helped me understand how important it is not only to me, but others.
Academically this course has influenced me to view what I am learning in more ways than one. It is good to see things in different perspectives, such as seeing something from a scientific view and a biblical view. I was nervous about pursuing my academic future at Colorado Christian because that I did not know much about religion. The first few discussions made me a little uncomfortable but seeing others responses, and the more reading I did, it opened my eyes. It has given me a new outlook on how religion plays a role in our thought process. It makes you really think and question your reasoning.
As far as my community, I never knew I had a community. I learned the meaning of what a community is. I now look at my community and see the people who truly care for me and share and support my beliefs. It feels reassuring to know that you are not alone and there are people in your community willing to help you. Like this course, the outpouring of understanding from fellow classmates in the discussions was amazing. I want to thank Dry. Roy Collins for giving me the chance to participate in this course. I also want to thank you for understanding and being patient with me while I experience.