"We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything."~2 Corinthians 6:3-10
I drove home tonight from being with my family, overwhelmed with love for my Savior. Seriously though, I was listening to this song that keeps recognizing Jesus as the holy One. The thought that He considers us His. Wow.
I'm graduating college tomorrow afternoon. That's a bit nuts to me, I think. It doesn't feel different or "strange" per se, but it doesn't actually feel like it's happening. I can reflect on the past few years, I can see Him intimately working in all that I've done...and left undone. And as I begin this next phase of my life, I can't help but wonder what the Lord may have. He's SO intentionally brought me here. My Dad says I'm the kind of person who comes into a situation and makes waves...and I'm excited to make them, with His power.
I really enjoy reading through my High School Senior yearbook. At my school, each member of the senior class had a paragraph addressed to the reader, it concluded with nicely packaged statement. So I figured I would do that again, for old time's sake. But this time, I'm not 17, and rather than concluding with a statement, I chose a verse (the one up above). Because, I have found the only strong foundation is truth...and Jesus is truth. Here it goes...
"By the time most of you will read this, I will be graduated, my diploma will be in the mail (because that's how we do it at big schools), and I'll be taking 500 pictures with friends and family. I still remember sitting down at the piano in the Landes lounge in Read right after my parents left me to my first year of school. A single tear trickled down my cheek, signifying the separation. This was a new day, a new time, and I was embarking on the most formative 4 years of my life. It would take much longer than a paragraph to thank the many people that have blessed and changed me throughout the years. From the obvious love and devotion of my parents and family to the seemingly insignificant "random" conversation with a stranger in Starbucks...God has been busy.
I, of course, owe much of my growth and deepening as a child of God to ECC, my home church. Through Connexion, the children's ministry, missions, social events, Bible studies and discipleship, God has provided a strong community of believers. Being a part of that church in many ways allowed for me to finally become a woman of God who knows why she believes...in a way that was unique to my individual commitment to Jesus.
I won't be going far. Just down the street, actually, but as I enter this different phase in my life, I pray that each and every one of you know that God has used you specifically in my life to form me into the young woman I am now. I have MUCH growing left to do...as we always will, but I have that much more of an understanding of my Savior because of you. So, thank you...and for those of you who know and love Jesus, claim the above verse as a part of your mission statement. This an unapologetic and loving walk. It's time to put the next foot in front of the other."