Three weeks into the latest and well-prayed semester of your academic life, are you killing it?
Here comes the syllabus. Here come the extra- and non-curriculars. Here come the exams and deadlines. Here comes the Christmas theme.
Eyes on the prize. Reboot the mission.
They say that college is the grindstone for most young people before they enter the mid-midlife fray of job-seeking, career-building, family-missed individuals. It’s the best time to engage in the things that will give voice to one’s soul–to assert beliefs, pursue relationships, contribute to a group or develop abilities. Being in college gears you to many challenging and life-changing ideas and actions that need right discipline and sound decision-making. You are trained to excel, tested to flip and tempted to produce honor. But given the wrong signals of the culture of disbelief and compromises, you may wind up aiming the less satisfying marks.
In ancient Rome, people were accustomed to parades and celebrations of triumphant generals and soldiers. They surround themselves with drumbeats of glory and laurels of supremacy, making it more resounding to all conscious living souls that all roads lead to Rome. But at the center of the world, the capital of the empire, there was a group of people who lived with an extraordinary faith. They called themselves Christians. These commoners endured more than 300 years of persecution due to their belief in a living dead guy. They confronted non-foul mistreatment and misfortunes, taking a life of poverty, frustrations, discredit, anxiety and danger. Although considered as ready-to-be delivered pigs, they found might from this truth given to them: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (1)
What sustained and made them greater than the hailed vanquishers of Rome? Two words: God and love. It’s their inseparability from God’s love that empowered them to testify and do amazing works in the midst of the self-seeking, sword-loving Romans. The apostle Paul prompted the believers with these words, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2) A sensational feat!
How can a person have that kind of knowledge of God? Who do you think Jesus is? What difference does it make to be inseparable from him? Does faith makes sense? What if having faith is more than traditions and labels? Too many questions–this should be a group work!
And that’s why we’re here–in this special space of bytes, blogs and biblical cites. Stillwaters Blog is dedicated to the believer and the seeker; to the grade conscious and the “Bahala na si Batman” faithful; to the morning person and the midnight owl; to the yuppie and the hippie-ish; to the facebook addict and the online news reader; and to anyone who hopes that truth and love will stay prevail in this mad world. Because we know that there’s more to here and now; and to “Oh, yeah!” and “Oh, God!”
But for now, it’s time to end this post. Well, here’s a tip for students. According to American History X’s wisdom, it’s good to end a paper with a quote. (3) “Someone else has already said it best. So if you can’t top it, steal from them and go out strong.”
So we also picked a guy we thought you’d like.
“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” (4)
(1) Romans 8:37
(2) Romans 8:38-39
(3) American History X, 1998, motion picture, New Line Cinema.
(4) John 17:16-18