How do you want to experience God in the last half of this semester?
For me, this last semester has been a great opportunity to grow closer with some of my friends on campus as well as my fiancé, Anna. I am hoping God continues to strengthen these relationships and teaches me to love those around me like Christ did.
I am also hoping to continue to see his faithfulness and direction in Anna’s life and my own. We know we’re going to be moving to the Minneapolis area after we get married, but we still don’t have everything figured out. God has been good to us in the past and I trust that He will continue to lead us, I’m looking forward to seeing what He has in store for us.
What advice would you give to underclassmen regarding their personal faith walk while here at NWC?
I would tell underclassmen to not be afraid to embrace situations where your faith is challenged. I have had opportunities to get to know a number of people on campus who do not hold the same beliefs as me and it has helped me better understand my own beliefs.
Additionally, I would advise taking full advantage of opportunities to learn more about the Christian faith. In my Christian Story II class, we were given an assignment to write a paper about an issue that is debated among various Christian denominations. After completing that assignment I can now better articulate my views and I also have a better understanding of what other Christians might believe about the topic.
In what ways is God challenging you to grow more?
One way God has been challenging me is to be more intentional about caring for the poor. For my senior seminar class, we read a book called The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne. Claiborne’s main message is that Christians need to abandon the trap of the American dream and be more intentional about following Christ’s call to care for the less fortunate. It has been important for me to realize that God does not just call us to avoid sin, he calls us to action.