The college semester has come to an end, and I wanted to say what an awesome job everyone did this semester. It’s been so exciting and encouraging to serve alongside people who take ministry and the gospel so seriously.
It’s amazing. Looking back, and going through every regular face I know at The Gathering, I can’t think of a single person who was lazy or that I wish did more. That’s not me rounding up or to the nearest for encouragement’s sake. I honestly thought about all the faces at The Gathering while swimming and then thought again as I wrote this and there’s no one I wish did more. I got to see all of you work adding your personalities and giftings to The Gathering: building shelves, washing plates, leading Bible studies, talking to new people, moving chairs, and other things. Not to mention, all the prayers, invitations, conversations that only you and God were aware of.
Thank you. Once again, it’s so inspiring to serve alongside people who take ministry so seriously!
The funny thing too is that many of you probably don’t feel like you did a spectacular job or even a good job. I imagine a lot of you feel like you started strong and then fizzled at the end. Yet, I don’t see that as the case.
It’s like the widow’s offering (Mark 12:41-44). I know many of you are busy and others have more free time. Still, you served in excess or in deficit. That’s wonderful. It is really neat to look back and see what God has done with our efforts this semester, and even more exciting to see how they will affect next semester.
We’ve all worked hard this semester. Relax. Don’t worry about next semester or next semester’s gathering. That’ll be here before you know it. Enjoy your friends and family. Spend time with them or call them. Eat really tasty food that you don’t really need to eat. Celebrate the gifts you’ve been given. That’s a righteous thing to do.
Yet, don’t forget to chase after God. Think of the human heart. It works pretty much our entire life. Yet, it goes through moments of great stress and then moments of rest, but it still maintains a beat… yo.
So like our hearts, never stop chasing after God. Find ways to restore your soul. I would suggest spending time with God in nature. After all, nature is how God reveals Himself to people who’ve never heard the gospel (Romans 1:20). For me, I love rain, bright grey skies, and dead trees, so this is the perfect season for me. I’ll probably walk around somewhere in the rain praying.
Whatever way you connect, chase after God.