Picking Up Speed!
Picking up Speed!
Welcome back to the Cru's Letter! It's been great to see so many of you at our meetings, connection groups, and events lately! With that, I'd remind you of our biggest upcoming event- Fall Getaway! We're just two weeks out from the best weekend of the semester. We'll head to Woodstock, CT (just a few minutes off campus) to spend time connecting with one another, digging into the Word, having fun, and growing in our relationships with God. It's an awesome weekend, and I really hope that you can all make it!
More information can be found below, and you can register right here! The sooner the better!
The semester is on the upswing- exams are coming, homework is building up, and lectures are now in full gear. As students, this is often when everything else starts taking a back seat. But when we consider a concept that Scott, one of our Cru staff members, spoke about a couple of weeks ago at the weekly meeting- that being the concept of Temporary Situations vs. Enduring Realities- is it right that everything else in life starts taking a back seat to schoolwork?
As one who is a Christian, we are first and foremost followers of Christ. Our enduring reality is that Christ isn't going anywhere, He's not leaving us, and we are called to follow Him wherever He would send us. He has a perfect plan for our lives, for eternity. Currently, part of that plan is being a student- we should take that seriously, work hard, and do our best to honor Him with the opportunity that He has presented us to learn and to develop. Being a college student, however, is temporary. We are only students for a short while, and regardless of our experiences in school, it cannot change or usurp the enduring reality of who Christ is.
Let's then think about how we respond when work starts to build, and a busy midterm season hits us. In reality, we should respond exactly the same way we respond in any other situation- placing God at the center. Our relationship with Him is still priority A, regardless of whatever else is happening in our lives. This is not the time to place our faith in the background, it's a time to embrace our faith that much more. As Christians we don't retreat when life gets busy, we charge forward. In no way am I telling you to forget about school, and to not think about your exams. What I am telling you is to not let it consume you. Be present in conversations, serve and encourage one another, always remembering that we are ambassadors of Christ, and He wants to shine a light through us.
I will be praying for all of you as the semester continues here- work hard, but don't lose sight of reality, Christ should be at the center.
38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.