Freshman First 40 — Day 32

DAY 32
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Eph 4:2

Freshman year is full of changes and excitement. As you settle into your new life here at Belmont you will find yourself a part of a new community. Whether it is in your dorm, TT Group, Greek Life, a campus ministry, church, a club, or major you are going to be interacting with new people. The people in your community may be in your life for only a season, or they may become your lifelong friends. Either way, God has placed these people in your life for a reason.

A verse that I love and that is very applicable in any community is Ephesians 4:2, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

In your community, practice humility and gentleness. Neither of these qualities come naturally to humans, but when practiced they can change a community. Humility and gentleness can be very helpful when interacting with roommates; you will probably have fewer conflicts if you think of your roommate’s needs. Part of loving someone means putting their needs above your own, so try putting others needs above your own. It is incredible to see how this can shape a community.

The verse also says to be patient. Patience can be so difficult, but let me just say as a senior that your freshman year is going to fly. College is going to fly. Treasure the community you have and in difficult times try to be patient. We all are human and make mistakes. Patience and forgiveness are two very beautiful things in any community.

Bearing with one another in love means accepting people as they are. We are all different; we come from different backgrounds and have different personalities. Accept people as they are, and choose to love them as a friend.

Lastly, remember that it is never too late to get involved in a community and make new friends. Do not let fear hold you back. Practice humility, gentleness, patience and love in your community. I hope that your freshman year is a wonderful experience and that you find a community to call your own.

JESSICA VARNER
Class of 2012, Public Relations

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