I had big plans when I got to college. I was going to major in business, and become a big hot shot corporate executive. The kind that wears fierce glasses and practically floats on spike heels.
Then it happened – I preached my first sermon.
Two days after I graduated from high school, I was on a plane to Honduras to observe an Christian-based education mission. I don’t want to be a cliche and say that the trip changed my life or anything, but it definitely opened my eyes. The real change happened after I got back. My mom – a pastor at a small church in Connecticut – asked me to say a few words to the congregation about the trip and the effect it had on me.
As I began to prepare what I was going to say, I surprised at just how easily the words came to me; and how right it felt to making connections between sacred biblical texts and the reality I was living in. As I stood before my congregation and spoke words that had come so easily to me, I realized that this (this meaning ministry, church leadership, God’s biggest cheerleader, etc. etc. etc.) was the only thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life.
So forget the big corporate executive. Forget the life of material luxury. I was heading to seminary.
So that’s where I am now. I’m a third year seminary student at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. This program has challenged me in ways that I never could have dreamed, but I know I’m going to come out of it a stronger person.
Sarah and I have been friends since our freshmen year at Ursinus College. In some ways we are complete opposites, but in some ways we’re essentially the same. Don’t understand? Stick around – you’ll see.
In the meantime, here are ten things you never thought you wanted to know about Sarah #1:
1. When I listen to showtunes I tend to conduct along.
2. I don’t think you’re ever too old to run around the house singing into a hairbrush.
3. I cry a lot. Don’t believe me? Watch an episode of Tori & Dean and you’ll start to get a sense for what my husband has to deal with on a daily basis.
4. I’m terrible at accepting compliments.
5. When I was in college I was on a first name basis with both the president and the vice president. What they didn’t know, however, was that I was harboring an illegal kitten in my dorm room.
6. People fascinate me. I love to read memoirs, celebrity gossip and blogs.
7. I can’t say no.
8. I love coffee and I love pastries … One day I would love to own a coffee shop / bakery.
9. I like to watch people fulfilling their passion.
10. I hope one day to make a difference in someone’s life.