I can’t get away from it. I am reminded of the brevity of life everywhere. The suicide that took place on campus on September 12 was only one reminder, one that has forever changed us as a school and me as a person. A recent sermon from my pastor on Psalm 90, unexpected deaths of several acquaintances, readings in a book on pain, all continue to bring our mortality to the forefront. As a result, I am even more passionate about using every moment to prepare for eternity. I am also increasingly concerned for the continuing shift in our society away from awareness of spiritual things and an over-emphasis on self-indulgence.
Seeing students working hard, determined to make the most of their time at IBC, is a great encouragement! Conversely, when I know students are frittering away their time on empty activities my heart aches. Do they remember the people around them may not be there tomorrow? Have they grasped that life is short and the battle not only real but constant? Have I?
Here’s a quote from Psalm 90 in the Contemporary English Version:
At Your command we die and turn back into dust, but a thousand years mean nothing to You!…
You bring our lives to an end just like a dream. We are merely tender grass that sprouts and grows in the morning but dries up by evening….
Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.
Or look at Ephesians 5:15-17:
Act like people with good sense and not like fools. These are evil times, so make every minute count. Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.
Wow! God certainly didn’t mince words in that one!
Here at IBC, one woman is determined to get everything she can from her experience. She is involved in a variety of ministries even though her requirements for ministry involvement were completed early in the semester. Another young man initiates prayer in the dorms and exemplifies a focused, dedicated life. Several other students continue to grow and are gradually replacing entertainment in their lives with more meaningful activity. In a photo above you see students focused on serving the surrounding community. In the last photo a serious challenge is being issued to fellow students to use every opportunity to serve Christ. May all the students follow suit with appetites so awakened and yearnings so provoked by the teaching of God’s Word, by the interaction in the classrooms and in Spiritual Formation groups that they will never be content to live only for this world.
Jesus, the perfect Man, never wasted a moment. He knew precisely what He came to do and headed intentionally straight toward it. I pray that this Christmas we may be so focused that nothing will distract us from God’s purpose for us right now and right here, in light of eternity.
Thank you again for partnering with me in seeing God raise up people who honor Him with undistracted devotion. God bless you.