God Vs. Science

God Vs. Science

Do I have to pick a side?
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As a Veterinary Science major, I have taken many science-related classes in addition to hands-on classes with the animals. Some of these classes include microbiology, animal anatomy and physiology, parasitology and pathology, clinical physiology, the list goes on.

In many of these classes we are taught in-depth material about animals bodies, how they work, all of the chemical make up, and we get an understanding of medicine and how treatment works on the body, and so forth.

Many people could argue that you can’t be fully invested in a major or a career that is so involved in science, and still be a Christian. I would like to challenge that.

Society has created this division between science and religion. They believe these topics are at the two opposite ends of the spectrum. I believe they go hand in hand.

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” Genesis 1:1

God created the earth! And He created everything on the earth according to the Bible. Therefore, everything here on our planet, and in our solar system and the whole universe is God’s. Each and every animal was hand crafted by Him, and when I’m in class learning about all the itty bitty details of the nervous system, seeing how particularly the body is fashioned together, and how very small parts make such huge impacts, my faith isn’t shaken by the vastness of these concepts, but I am left to just sit back in my chair and be in awe of our Creator, and his artwork. Learning in depth details about the scientific side to my major is my own little worship time. It is truly incredible to see God’s work.

You may be sitting at your computer now saying “So what. this means nothing to me.” I want to tell you that God’s glory is all around us. Though we cannot physically see Him, his creation is pointing straight to Him. The well known famous author C.S. Lewis has this beautifully worded quote,

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”

What the author is saying here is that God’s glory demands to be here with us. No matter how much you try and block it out of your life, God is on his throne ruling over ALL, all of the time! His creation is the proof, and the truth is, he longs to have relationship with us, each and every one individually and intimately. Science is in no way a barrier for His will, but it is a stepping stone for it. Science is God’s way of showing us His glory and power and in it I find comfort in knowing he holds this world and he holds me together.

In a sermon by Louie Giglio, he explained tiny, beautiful, miraculous discoveries in science, and how God’s work in and of itself is just breath taking and incredible. But at the end of the sermon, he revealed the most amazing bit of science I have ever came across. A microbiologist told Giglio about the protein molecule laminin. It is the molecule in all of our bodies that has the job of holding tissue together. It is what forms our organs and holds our skin in place, and is like the foundation of our bodies. He then showed a picture of the molecular structure of this particular protein, and it is in the perfect shape of the cross that our savior Jesus Christ died on for our sins. What a beautiful sign that He holds each and every one of us together, all the time, for all of our lives. And it’s even biblical!

“He is before all things and in Him all things hold together” Colossians 1:17

God uses science as a window to see just how awesome He is, and just how much he loves us. It is an incredible testimony of His perfect love for all of us, He is just waiting for you to take off the blinds, and see His power and glory in all that he has made for us here in this small life.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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