Freshman First 40 — Day 28
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
My First Year Seminar class changed my life. The first day of class our professor walked in and said the class would be the most difficult class we would take at Belmont. I can honestly say that I have never had to work so hard for a class in my life. Around the second week of that first semester, my professor singled me out and challenged my faith. Why did I believe what I believe? I thought I had all the answers to my faith. My experiences in life up to that moment never required any revisions to those answers. I soon discovered that I didn’t have all the answers after all.
I say this, not to intimidate new students (most FYS classes are not as hard as mine), but to encourage you. College is a time for questions. And I believe that faith prompts questions and questions prompt faith.
College has not been very easy for me. I was in a life changing car accident my sophomore year and it caused me to question God’s will for my life. I’m a musician, and my accident left me with physical impairments forever altering the way I would be able to play my music. This can only leave someone hurt, confused, and full of questions.
Questions are often difficult, but good. In fact, I do not believe I would have come to the place I have today if I had not allowed myself to begin exploring my faith during my freshman year. Questions are not easy, and many do not have answers. This is why so few people have the faith to ask them. Many students go through an entire college career and do not challenge their faith.
College is not about answers; it is about questions.
Christianity is not about laws; it is about faith.
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. (Hebrews 10:1)
As you move through your college years, allow yourself to be open to the God of perfect mystery and truth. This God is a God who knows you better than you know yourself—a God who has all the answers. Faith is being open to questions and unexpected answers.
You may find yourself closer to the reality of God in a tangle of questions.
And you may find yourself with faith.
Commercial Voice, Class of 2012