Anna graduated from Mount Carmel Bible College in 2015. She will be leading our camp team this summer, as they share the word and God’s love. Pray for them as they venture out across Alberta serving camps and promoting MCBC.
One of Carmel's slogans is "where faith meets life". We live in a culture where our opinions are vast and our action is little, where our heads are big but our legs are disabled, where our hands are frail and soft and our mouths are large and calloused, we are informed but not changed, educated but not active, open mouthed but not open hearted, where all too often our lives have become calloused by "knowledge". Indeed the mind and the body become separate things where when we say "I believe" we never mean "I do". Dualism has become our disability. We sit in wheelchairs of apathy and walk with canes of criticism.
The vast beauty and mystery of the narrative that God is pulling his people into is far too immense to let it just saturate my head, it must pour from my life.
Life since Carmel has had enough learning, growing, failing, hurting and joy to fill thousands of pages, but one big lesson that hits me is the discrepancy between what I claim to believe and how I live. I believe in a God that sacrifices, that cares for the stranger, that humbles himself, that fights for peace and unity, that adores his children, that wants me to reflect His character to the world.
My faith must be irrevocably tied to action. I am ruined, or better said, realigned, since Carmel, I cannot keep learning without acting. Fathoming all mysteries and all knowledge makes me only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal if it doesn't change my life. The vast beauty and mystery of the narrative that God is pulling his people into is far too immense to let it just saturate my head, it must pour from my life. I am constantly learning to have rough hands and an open heart, not just a big head—to live out faith instead of just have theory of it.