What I did with my summer!​

So this summer I traveled to New Haven, Connecticut. I spent my time at Yale University, where I studied through the Institute of  Bioethics. Here I was thrust into the world of bioethics, which incorporates religion,  philosophy, and biology. It is one of my favorite subjects to study.
This journey began on a whim. I received an email from my undergrad philosophy department describing the summer opportunity.  I decided to apply just to see what would happen. Now if you know me, you know that this is entirely out of character for me. I am a routine person and I like to stick to that routine. I don’t normally take risks and I think about the what ifs. However, this moment was different. This moment I acted on faith and applied.
I didn’t expect to get in. Further more I didn’t expect to be able to travel to New Haven, Connecticut, but I did. Things lined into place, and in a blink of an eye I was on my way. During this trip, I learned a lot about bioethics, but more importantly, I learned a lot about myself. I learn how to interact with people who have a different opinion than you. I learned how to write about complex topics. I learned that I could leave my home parish and still be strong in the faith. Because of everything I learned, I feel like I am a different person. I still have a black and white mentality, but I’ve learned to appreciate the gray.
 
The main point is that this spiritual and intellectual growth would not have happened if I hadn’t taken a change and faced the risks. I wonder how much more God could use us and transform us if we said yes to things that are scary and hard and seem impossible. Sometimes it is good to say yes.
What is God asking you to risk today and why haven’t you said yes?