Freshman First 40 — Day 25

DAY 25
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

2 Cor 5:20

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’”
(2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT)

That iconic American troubadour, Bob Dylan, turned 70 this year. It is hard to believe that he has been spinning tunes as long as he has but he has influenced several generations of young people with his profound insights set to music. One of my favorite songs has been his “You Gotta Serve Somebody.” It captures the truth that we all answer to someone or something in this life.

As you start out your college experience you will be faced with lots of choices. It is an exciting time. For the first time your mom and your dad are not looking over your shoulder at every turn. You can stay up as late as you want. Maybe you can go where ever you want whenever you want. You have freedom like you have never had it before in your life. You may feel like you do not serve anyone.

Do not kid yourself! Now more than ever, you will be making choices that will last a lifetime and building habits that will determine your future. I am not just talking about study skills and relationships, nor am I just talking about spiritual relationships, I am talking about your personal sense of the who of who you are. Your sense of who you are called to be and the what you are called to do that uniquely defines what you shall do on this planet that only you own and only you can discover. In a very real sense, however much you want to give God credit for it, it is the way God chooses to make God’s appeal uniquely through you.

My wish for you is that in this year you learn to serve yourself as God has made you. Be the person you have been made to be. For the first time in your life you have no one telling you who to be. Breathe deeply and listen to your own heart. The you inside is exactly the one who needs to get out. The one inside is exactly the one through whom God will reconcile the world. The one inside is the reason you were made. Live into that person.

DR. DARRELL GWALTNEY
School of Religion

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