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Prepared: The right words at the right moment

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My education at Huntington University prepared me for this interaction... I felt like I was doing exactly what I was put on this earth to do: share the name and truth of God and His love.

Philosophy grad Ryan Austin had a crystallizing moment during a research conference. He describes the experience this way:  

"There is a common phrase or idea that says each of us has been destined to perform some important action, and that once this task has been completed, one has completed his duty. This is an interesting idea regardless of how correct it actually is, and I recently experienced a moment where I found myself in this type of situation: I felt like I was doing exactly what God had put me on this earth for.

"In one moment, I found myself in conversation with an agnostic person at a philosophy conference. During, and through, this conversation, I felt as though every learning experience I had ever had was made manifest. All of my education in college in theology and philosophy finally found an outlet where the two were simultaneously interweaving with one another into a succinct, rational account for my belief in God's existence and the truth that He has revealed to creation through Christ, as recorded in the Gospel.

"In this moment, I had a profound sense of peace and understanding, or insight, which surprised me. This was a surprise to me, because never before in my life have I found myself being so unapologetically Christian; I was living out my identity as a Christian, not just being a person who totes a Christian flag, and all this in a pluralistic, relativistic culture.

"My education at Huntington University prepared me for this interaction, as well as others afterwords, where I felt like I was doing exactly what I was put on this earth to do: share the name and truth of God and His love."

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