By Devin Vander Werff
When Jesus died to save me, he not only saved me from sin, but saved me to new life. For me, new life has come in the form of incredible people and opportunities. When I was in high school I went on the same mission trip for three of my four years. In addition to the work we did on this trip I started to build relationships with friends and adults from northwest Iowa. We had a great time serving and it was crazy how fast relationships came together.
During my senior year, it was a very easy decision to choose Northwestern. Many of the adults from my mission trips told me I would be a good fit. Now that I am here on campus I have mentors that I can meet with on a regular basis. These people have been such a blessing to me. Last fall I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life and then found out that I had no idea. These people listened to me and helped guide me in the right direction. In addition to great mentors, God filled my life with great friends. Coming to campus was exciting and a little nerve-racking since I had no friends except one kid that went to my high school. However, the first few weeks I met so many fun, exciting, loving and awesome people. As the year went on, I kept making new friends but grew close with a few. We have done a ton of fun stuff together, but they have also blessed me by helping me out with studying, playing on the basketball team, and other activities. God has given me an incredible amount of opportunities from things as little as getting doughnuts on Friday nights, to dorm events, to getting to go on an SSP and all the other ways to get involved on campus. It seems like I never had to seek out any of these things or people, they just happened by the work of God.
When Jesus died to save me, he not only saved me from sin, but saved me to new life. I don’t know why God has been so good to me, but I do know that it has nothing to do with me. I didn’t do anything to deserve this, it is 100% up to God and His plan. As a result, my only response is to reciprocate. Since God has blessed me, I am to be a blessing. I don’t try to ‘live the right way’ so that I can be blessed. I try to ‘live the right way’ since I have been blessed. Obviously, this is a goal that I am striving to attain. There are relationships that I have screwed up, feelings that I have hurt and situations that I handled poorly. I am clearly not perfect at being a blessing, but with God’s grace I strive to do it every day.