Archive for September, 2012

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So, what’s it like?


2012
09.26

…being an RA that is. Well, it’s hard. It’s the ultimate ministry opportunity though. I have seven beautiful, godly girls in my section; God hand picked them just for me. We’ve all become extremely close in the past five weeks. They’ve taught me a lot about myself and about God.

For example, last Monday one of the girls in my section, Brianna, came to my room balling. She was in intense pain and was having a hard time breathing. Long story short I ended up sitting in the waiting room in a community hospital while she had her ribs popped back into place. Not necessarily ¬†how I planned on spending my night. We actually had a Brother/Sister activity going on, which turned into a night of prayer. God really showed me through that how I can’t plan my life, because He already has.

I’ve learned what real love means practically. When I’m laying in my bed about to take a nap and someone walks straight through my door and just needs some quality time. Or those moments when I feel so overwhelmed emotionally I can’t even think straight and yet I still need to lead devotionals with my section. It’s basically the best, because loving someone for serious makes me understand just a little better what Christ has done for me. He had the ultimate “inconvenience” and died for me.

Being an RA at Christian Colleges isn’t just about helping keep people out of trouble or helping with logistics, it means being a feet washing servant. It means that I have to wake up boasting in Christ and in nothing else, because nothing else will get me through or profit anyone.

 

I’m grateful that God is allowing me to serve Him in the way. It’s been teaching me how to be a leader, organizer, a source of information, but mostly a servant.

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Beautiful Things.


2012
09.22

About a month ago I was sitting in Chapel and I had the thought that it would be neat if my section and I sang special music. Well, two days ago, we did. It was an extremely powerful experience, because the eight of us were in complete unity worshipping our Father in Heaven. We chose to sing the song “Beautiful Things” by Gungor. The words have really put my mind to work the past couple of weeks.

“You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.”

He really does. I’ve been thinking about who I am in my flesh. Lazy, rude, inpatient, lustful, prideful, judgmental, insecure, fearful and self-righteous are just a few of the ugly characteristics my sin holds. Those parts of me come out constantly. The moment someone comes to talk to me when I’m in the middle of something, or I just didn’t get the amount of sleep I desire, all of my ugliness pours out like a waterfall. Even still, God sees the gifts and desires He placed in me and makes something beautiful.

Being at a Christian College has completely changed who I am. I’ve gone through so many “refinements” and will continue to until I graduate and start being refined somewhere else. Here at school I’ve been learning how to deal with people, ministry opportunities, school and all those other good things, but the most important thing I’ve been learning is how God deals with me. Something new cannot grow until the old is completely diminished. For example, if I desire to be truly humble without a trace of sin, all of my sinful pride has to be gone and done with. I can’t have both.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17

“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

I am in Christ, thus, I am made new. However, this is something that has to be reiterated daily. When I wake up in the morning I need to pray that my sins will be washed away and that those areas of my life will be made new. Then, as Jeremiah 29:11 states, that God has plans of awesome in my life, plans to make beautiful things.

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Focus…determination..eh?


2012
09.07

For most humans staying focused is a difficult task and for young adults it’s basically impossible. That has been probably my biggest struggle since I’ve been back at school. It’s not even necessarily that I can’t focus on school or devos or socializing, but rather my purpose.

Often times I’ll end a full day of tasks and wonder where I’ve been all day; not physically, but mentally. Do you know what I’m saying? Like when you talk just to talk and there’s no meaning behind it. I think that’s one of the biggest ways the devil works. He doesn’t always throw major temptations in your path, but rather push you slightly off so you feel like you’re still heading the right direction. It’s kinda what he did when tempting Jesus. Satan used scripture so that it appeared “biblical.” However, Jesus is amazing and saw right through that yucky business.

In 2 Timothy Paul describes Christians as “soldiers.”

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Paul also says we’re in a race.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Both being in war and a race call for determination to keep focus and remember the purpose.

How do we do this crazy thing that consists of determination, focus and purpose? I’m not too sure, but I know that it starts with keeping our eyes on Jesus and constantly yielding to the Holy Spirit. Everything just seems to fall into place when Christ is the center.

Don’t let your words and actions be empty, giving the devil a foothold into your life.

“For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God our fulfilled.” Rev. 17:17

 

We serve an amazing purposeful God who designed us to be in His image. It seriously helps to choose a school that has a godly purpose that you can agree with. There are many Christian Colleges with biblical goals and intentions. I would really consider with prayer those schools.

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Opportunity Corner.


2012
09.02

There’s this saying among the students of my school that when you’re driving and making a sharp turn you say “opportunity corner.” That’s a lot how I’ve been feeling recently, like I’m making this sharp turn and there’s so much opportunity. School has been really busy and fast moving.

This last week we had a special speaker and one of the topics he discussed was complete surrender to God’s will. So, I’ve been trying to. Immediately after doing so the Dean of my school asked me to be in charge of the hospitality team for a program my school puts on. Also, the junior class girls put on a women’s banquet every year and I’m in charge of publicity. Soooo many exciting things.

I’m loving all the girls in my section. Each of them teaches me so much and every minute I spend with them blesses me incredibly. I don’t know what God is preparing me for, but He sure is doing something.

No matter where you go to school you’ll have some awesome chances to serve God and you should take them. However, I would seriously encourage you to go to a Christian College. Somewhere that will be able to give you the chance to be involved with ministry.

Oh! Something else that’s pretty swell…all of the girls in my section and I are going to be doing special music. I’m super excited, because it’s never been done before at my school. Plus, it’s just super cool to worship with them.

I hope that you think upon the things which I have stated and pray and such.