I still clearly recall my hesitations and slight dread during the Orthopraxis sign-ups when various people would constantly badger me if I was going to sign up and inquiring why I was not. My hesitations were a mixture of pre-conceived notions of Bible studies, the long commitment, and my unwillingness to change my own set ways (which is often a sign when one needs it the most).
I can honestly say that I am in disbelief that four months have already come and gone. This invested time with wonderful girls has helped uncover my own disturbingly intrinsic nature, while instilling an ingrained hunger to seek more with hope in the future. I recommend Orthopraxis to anyone who is unclear about one’s direction and purpose in life or who desires to understand one’s identity in relation to God. Despite growing up in a church, I personally did not understand the first thing of establishing a relationship with God, let alone who He really is and His unfailing character. Through Ortho, I have received much clarity, and yet I am brimming with even more questions to know more.
As they say, Ortho provides the basic foundation to start the beginning of one’s lifelong journey with Christ rather than finding a means to an end. One of the biggest lessons I have gained from Ortho is my desire to work on my relationship with God—not out of a religious burden, but out of a more clear understanding of who He is and my identity as a person. This recognition has also translated into other various roles in life as a friend, daughter, sister, and coworker, which I now pursue with more enthusiasm and intention. A glimpse of His goodness and understanding my role in Christ has left me unable to go back so easily to my own selfish ways and I cannot help but re-prioritize my life to make space for God and others.
Sharon loves to learn new languages, petting animals without actually owning them, and watching shows/videos on food that she never ends up making. She lives in San Diego and is a member of Orvine Ekklesia.