Freshman First 40 — Day 8
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011
“ Only one life, ‘twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” — Charles Studd
Too many universities talk about how getting a degree will dramatically increase your future earning potential. The phrase “the value of a college degree” is meant to assure you that all of your hard work, all-nighters, and financial sacrifice in the next four years will be worth it. Why? Because you will earn a lot more money in the future than your peers who (a) did not go to college, or (b) had to go to a college with less prestige.
One of our student graduation speakers said recently, “I came to Belmont to get a business degree so I could go out and make a lot of money.” He paused, looked at his fellow graduating students, and continued, “This is a terrible place to go if that’s your dream!” He went on to say that he had indeed gained the “marketable skills” that would allow him to get a high-paying job. But he found at Belmont that we don’t celebrate those who sell their skills to the highest bidder. Doing it for the money is literally prostituting the gifts God has given you. Instead, we want you to excel in your major, not to get the most lucrative job possible, but to gain the skills you need in order to meet the world’s needs.
When your four years at Belmont are over, you will attend a service the day before you graduate called, “Baccalaureate: A Service of Ordination to Daily Work.” You may be one of the speakers who gets to tell how God has used your time at Belmont to equip you to make music, start a business, teach, or provide healthcare. You won’t be doing it for the money or the prestige. You’ll be doing it because you know the love of God and want to share it with others. You can become part of the answer to the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Your brief time here is a chance to let our faculty and staff “equip you for the work of ministry.” Not necessarily ministry as “church work,” but ministry as the work God longs for you to accomplish for a world in desperate need. Together, we can learn to follow Jesus, who “came not to be served, but to serve.”
DR. TODD LAKE
Office of Spiritual Development
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