Freshman First 40 — Day 2
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve
what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3 For by the
grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more
highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment,
in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these
members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though
many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
This passage is incredibly appropriate for the transition in your life as you
enter into Belmont’s community. The Belmont community is one of the
most unique communities that I know of and have ever had the pleasure of
experiencing. It is truly a place where students from all different backgrounds
and passions come together and instantly connect. Don’t take it for granted
because most groups of people do not come together to form a strong,
inclusive and accepting community like we experience here at Belmont.
As you reflect on Romans 12:2-5, take time to think about the students you
met during Towering Traditions orientation and as you started the academic
year. Each student has received special gifts, abilities, strengths and talents
from God that make him or her completely unique. And the exciting part is
that Belmont is a place where everyone is celebrated for those unique gifts!
So my challenge to you is to make the most of your opportunities in this
community. Go out there and find individuals who are different from you, but
share the same connection of being a part of Belmont. Suspend judgment
and learn from each other. This will not only help you better understand your
core values but will expand your Christian worldview.
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