FF40 – Day 5 on Transition | From Ben Lion

Day 5 – Transition

Joshua 1:9 | Psalm 18:2 | 1 Cor. 9:2

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.  (Joshua 1:7-9)

These words have served me well as I have transitioned to new communities
during my life. In the passage God explains to Joshua the resources that
will help him to be a strong leader and an individual of character, ultimately
so that he can “be prosperous and successful.”  God also promises that He
will always watch over Joshua. These words have provided a fundamental
guide and a reminder to always hold tight to the supreme truth given to me
through the Bible.

I view my Christian faith and beliefs as part of who I am. Never
compartmentalized – never set aside – always a representation of who I am.
My understanding and ownership of that didn’t happen overnight, but was a
long journey to understanding the core of who I am and what is most dear to
me. Much of my formation happened during my college experience.

College is an incredible opportunity when you are able to take ownership
of your experience, explore what is most dear to you, reflect on the values
you bring with you from other communities, and learn about others’ values.
As you process through your core values there will be times of challenge
but there is a campus community willing to support you through those
challenges. Most of all, gather peace from the fact that God will always be
with you wherever you go. He has amazing plans for your life, far greater
than you could ever imagine.

I encourage you to use your first semester at Belmont to practice disciplines
that will allow you to reflect on your values and who God has called you to be.

Ben lion
Director of New Student & Parent Programs

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