Freshman First 40 — Day 10

Day 10
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011

Mt 5:3-8

“ You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you; Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” (The Message)

The Sermon on the Mount, as described in Matthew, has always been one of my favorites. Whenever I find myself wanting consolation or inspiration during moments of transition, I look to Matthew. I believe deeply that education is about transformation, and you are at the beginning of this journey toward transformation now. Some people come to college looking for the economic or social transformation that can happen. But the transformation that takes place is much bigger than the kind of job you’ll eventually get or what your life will be like after college. Your time at this place will transform your heart, your mind and your opportunities in life. What you do with that gift, well, that’s up to you. In Matthew, Jesus is reminding us that in moments of transformation or transition, it’s an especially important time to seek God. I know from my own life though, that sometimes it is in those moments that it’s easiest to forget about Him.

I think most often, it’s because we are busy and distracted with the new thing in our life. Here at Belmont, you’ll be busy making new friends, exploring your new home on and off campus and pushing the mental and physical limits of your body (at least if you are much like most first-year students I’ve known in my career). Remember to find moments of quiet, moments of reflection. It’s in those moments that you can find God, when you are the most open to the possibility of transformation that this place, this time, can offer you. And that process can change your life in ways you can’t imagine for yourself, but have been imagined for you by God.

DR. BECKY SPURLOCK
Student Affairs

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Freshman First 40 Days:
A devotional to help you find
God in your new community.

 

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