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My Greatest Fear

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” –Francis Chan

We live in a world that constantly markets good things.  Success, popularity, and money, just to name a few.  While there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of those things, they certainly aren’t suitable foundations upon which a life can be built.

This Time is Critical

I was intrigued when I saw an article titled, "4 Reasons You Should Invest in College-Age Christians."  A college pastor felt it important to convince the older generation why we are worth being poured into, and I'm glad he did. I think we can take some insight from his words, as well.

1. We are setting the spiritual trajectory for our lives.

Don't Try So Hard

I don’t know about you, but most days my life is characterized by trying.  I try to be a great student.  I try to excel at work.  I try to be a faithful friend.  I try to impress people.

This mentality can easily carry over into our relationships with family members, roommates, and even God. 

The Ever Fluctuating Balance

As I stand at the door of my last semester at CIU, I, of course, feel mixed emotions. I am looking forward to transitioning out of this stage of life and using what I've learned here in the world; yet it is sad to leave the very place that God used to grow and equip me.

I've been thinking about where I want to focus this last semester. I feel pulled in so many directions!

I feel compelled to draw as much as I can from chapels, a blessing that I have grown to appreciate more and more during my four years here.

Combating an If-Then Mentality

I recently read a quote by well-known pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian which said, “If you detach every time things don't go your way, it reveals just how much you've built your identity on winning.”  The thought stuck with me and I pondered situations which provoke the detachment about which he speaks.

Academic difficulties…

Financial pressures…

Relational struggles…

…The list could continue.  

Live Out Our Calling

As the semester is wrapping up, many of my professors are giving some great final lectures. Today in class, my professor asked us to consider what our callings are. I started thinking about how some people are called to work with orphans, the impoverished, the affluent, unreached people groups, etc. Some people are called to certain countries. I then felt somewhat disappointed because I don't lean a certain way in any of these areas. I thought, "Am I not listening to the Holy Spirit intently enough?"

Call It Like It Is

Another semester is nearing its end, which means approximately 50 more chapels are behind us.  There have been several wonderful chapels this fall, but one stands out from the rest, probably because of its clear, practical application.

Doug Rutt, pastor of Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, spoke from Daniel 4 about the importance of humility, using Nebuchadnezzar’s downfall as an example not to emulate.

Call It Like It Is

Another semester is nearing its end, which means approximately 50 more chapels are behind us.  There have been several wonderful chapels this fall, but one stands out from the rest, probably because of its clear, practical application.

Doug Rutt, pastor of Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, spoke from Daniel 4 about the importance of humility, using Nebuchadnezzar’s downfall as an example not to emulate.

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