May 17, 2010

Baptism Profile: Grace Chiang

Name: Grace Chiang
Hometown: Spring, TX
Vocation: Student
Favorite movie: Juno…? This question is too hard.
Favorite ice cream: Blue Bell Butter Pecan

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Invisibility because you can probably accomplish just about anything being invisible and you can go unnoticed whenever you want.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
Dolphin, they’re smart, aggressive, friendly, sociable, have a lot of fun jumping in the water

Character in scripture that you relate to the most and why?
I would have to say the disciples as whole. They’re composed of 12 very different men that came together for one purpose. They literally followed Jesus around, lived and breathed his every word, yet even they couldn’t live the perfect life Jesus led. That definitely gives me hope and confirmation that it is not possible to be perfect. It doesn’t make me not care to be perfect, but it takes away the guilt.

What does resurrection mean to you personally? How does it change the way you live?
Resurrection is a pretty loaded word. I think in order to be resurrected, you must first be “dead.” For Jesus, it was both literal and spiritual, but for us hopefully just literal. I think for me it has been a journey throughout my entire life of feeling let down and in the dark, and searching for my purpose. To have found the stability I have always been searching for in Jesus/God is enough joy for me to be resurrected. He makes me care to be alive.

What does it look like to be resurrected from an individualistic American to a communal way of life following Christ?
They’re very contradictory ways of living. As an average American, the “American dream” is all about getting yours and doing what is good for YOU. Living communally in a body of Christ is never about you; it’s all about your neighbors, the people around you. It’s pretty great when you can finally let go of the idea that anything you have is actually yours, since it’s not.

What does resurrection look like with your vocation, calling and place in this world?
Since I know my purpose in life now, it really doesn’t matter where I am. As a future (hopeful) government employee, I think it’s a very good line of work with my morals and values and I like the idea of protecting the public. I try to continually watch what I am doing with my time, as that is primarily what defines who I am, but I don’t think I necessarily have to be on a missions trip or working in a church directly in order to live my calling. I’m just going for everyday ministry.. for lack of a better phrase.

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