The paper I wrote for my class today was probably the hardest paper I’ve ever written. Not because of the length or the amount of research I had to do, but because I had to make a decision.
The prompt was “Do you think Christians enjoy the rights given in the First Amendment?”
That doesn’t seem very hard does it? But I struggled immensely with this because I didn’t have an opinion. Even after asking several people what their opinions were and reading a lot of articles, I really didn’t know where I stood on the issue.
My paper was due at 1pm today and I didn’t have an opinion until 12:30 pm.
I have tried over and over all week to work on this. But just got no where. I read article after article and still had nothing.
At about 9:30 or 10 this morning I decided I had to just start writing without having an opinion.
As I was writing my conclusion, I finally figured out my answer to the question, and I have never been more pleased with a paper.
Was it a well written paper? Not really.
Was it coherent? Probably not.
Will I get a good grade? Doubt it.
So why am I so pleased? Because I figured out a little something about myself along the way. I formed an opinion all on my own.
My conclusion was not the result of someone else’s opinion that simply made sense to me. It was completely my own.