I am Taylor McArthur. A firm believer in Christ for over a decade, I have been graced with over seventeen years on this earth. My education includes Christian school, home school, and College Plus. As a VDP member, I live for my risen Lord and strive to serve Him with this life that He has most graciously given me. The subject of politics has always intrigued me. It is a passion that I believe the Lord put into me at a young age.
Studies consume most of my time. I am pursuing a BS in Paralegal Studies at LUO and have almost finished my freshman year. Additionally, I have Ulcerative Colitis which is a chronic disease of the colon. My typical day is spent fighting that and attempting to maintain a normal life.
The best thing that has happened is the opportunity to attend a Teen Pact Georgia State Event. It will be difficult with my health, but I look forward to the challenge that the Lord is having me walk through. This opportunity represents for me all that I have overcome to reach this point. The Lord has guided me to this, and I am blessed to have a peace about the path of life that I am traveling.
How is College Plus helping you pursue your degree in Paralegal Studies? Why did you choose this degree?
College Plus is a great program for a flexible schedule. It enabled me to be able to have a part time job for 6 months. College Plus provides the tools for me to conquer college, even though my health is so challenging. I am able to work toward my goals on my own time which is a great blessing. I chose this degree because I believe it will best prepare me for law school.
What is your favorite Bible verse or verses? What do they mean to you?
My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 119:72 which states, “It is good that I was afflicted that I might learn your statutes.” This verse was a great comfort to me when I was in the hospital for Ulcerative Colitis. It demonstrates God’s faithfulness in using anything that comes our way for His glory. When I was 5 years old, I put my faith in the risen King Jesus Christ. He has been by my side in all of the trials of my life. I am grateful for all of the lessons that I have learned through these various trials.
What do you enjoy in your spare time, apart from studying?
I enjoy reading, photography, sketching, and playing my violin. I am a classically trained violinist and have enjoyed serving as concertmaster in a strings orchestra in addition to leading the second violin section of a full orchestra. I have always enjoyed the arts and politics. I certainly wish I had more free reading time. I consider “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Great Expectations” to be two of my favorite pieces of literature. These books are outstanding examples of young people having brains and using them.
I believe that we have an opportunity to impact today's youth. The VDP can help train and strengthen youth to be ready to stand in the real world. I believe in a decade our membership will have grown not only in number but also in maturity. Numbers come and go, but the strength to stand is what will hold firm and prevent anything that we undertake from becoming a passing fad.
I live in a smaller town. I do not know many like-minded people. Through the VDP I have been able to connect with other students who think like I do. Knowing there are people who support you and are watching your back is a wonderful blessing. I want to encourage the use of the forums to our members and assist in creating a wonderful reference library for their benefit.
God has been working a lot in my life lately. I am grateful for the lessons that He continues to show me. He has been teaching me patience and trust. I am constantly reminded that He gives us exactly what we need every day, nothing more and nothing less. I certainly would appreciate prayer for my health. God has sculpted my life with a purpose and a specific message. Currently, my health is trying to hinder me from living out that purpose.
I would encourage anyone seeking to be mature to understand the definition of maturity. We cannot relate to adults by simply saying our desires for achievement. Words do not speak as loudly in this world as actions. We must act as the people we claim to be in order to bridge the generation gap.