Freshman First 40 — Day 20

DAY 20
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

1 Jn 3:18, Ps 40:8 and 1 Pet 4:10-11

As you have started your collegiate journey, you are, more than likely, anxious to figure out what it is you want to be when you grow up. I believe with all my heart that God has placed vocational callings on all of our lives, and throughout your collegiate years you will be able to slowly, but surely, identify that vocation to which God has called you. But something you might not realize is that God doesn’t just call us to a vocation, but God’s calling on our lives is manifested in a variety of ways – vocation, to marry or not to marry, to have children or not to have children, etc.

On the other hand, there is one very special calling that each and every one of us shares, and that is to follow Christ’s example in service to others. God expects us to act out our faith, not just by words, but in actions and truth (1 John 3:18). At Belmont, you will have the opportunity to discover your strengths, to grow in knowledge, and to develop leadership skills. But no matter who we are, how much we know or what our talents are, we can all be of service to those in need.

While you will need to spend time in prayer seeking answers from God regarding issues of vocation, what to major in, where to spend your summers, etc., asking God whether or not you should serve is not something you have to pray about. For all of God’s children, the answer to that is quite clear….YES!

“I delight to do thy will, O my God.” (Psalm 40:8)

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)

AMY COLES
Student Affairs

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