A Healthy Scepticism
I don't like using the word sceptical. It gets thrown into conversation whenever anybody shows an ounce of hesitation towards something, or pauses a moment to think before acting. Sometimes it's not a fair way to describe somebody. And mostly, I don't like using the word sceptical because it always seems to come out as "spectacle"...
"sceptical ˈskɛptɪk(ə)l/ adjective not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations. dubious, doubtful, having reservations, taking something with a pinch of salt, doubting, questioning"
I like to know exactly what a word means before I use it. It's why recently I've been careful about the words I use in my usual, sarcastic, teasing way. I am training myself to not use certain words that I have since learnt bear really unpleasant connotations. But the word sceptical surprises me, and not just because I can't say it! It is so often seen as something bad, but actually it's part of the human condition.
Embracing my sceptical side gives me the yearning to learn more about God. By admitting I have doubts and questions, I can focus prayerfully on bits of Christianity that I am totally bamboozled by.
God is mysterious - lovingly so, but nonetheless mysterious - so we can never know everything. However, if we become comfortable with what we do know, we risk losing the passion to grow. I want to know and feel and love God more intimately and passionately and fiercely than I did yesterday.
So next time you meet a sceptical friend, instead of seeing it as impossible, help them address the doubts. You may find your own along the way but that's okay - keep pressing in to God because he is the best teacher you will ever have.
I'm Sarah, I'm 22 and a second year Psychology and Counselling student at Northampton. I'm originally from Oxfordshire and love going home (mostly because of my Mum's insanely good cooking). Some of my favourite things are cups of tea with my best friends, long walks in the sunshine, and being with my enormous (and ever-expanding) family.