Someone explain this cohort thing to me
I realized that writing about every single thing about summer will take a couple decades to write. A tl;dr for this post would be.. God is good.
Summer was the time where I put everything I learned in sophomore year to use. Basically, I learned over sophomore year that Jesus is everything. It’s not Jesus and a bit of what I offer, but it’s only and always because of Jesus. And I was curious as to how that played out in the work place. How does proclaiming that Christ is the center of my life look like in a professional environment? It’s amazing.
Serving was easy. Making friends was easy. Stirring conversations was easy. Talking about Jesus was easy. I didn’t even need to think inside of my head whether or not to bring Jesus in this conversation. It just happened way too naturally. Everything was so easy to the point where even I was confused and taken aback a bit. I heard many many people tell me that it’s only going to get harder after this and that Christian life was hard and that it’s never easy. I always wondered if I was doing something wrong. It can’t possibly be this easy.
Then I read Psalm 23. The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing (there’s a post on this).
At the end of summer, not a single person accepted Christ. Not a single person came out to church. But I can still say that our God is good.
Life group was good in an interesting way. First, the community itself was great. I loved spending time with the people in life group, especially the sophomores. We had way too much fun.
A lot of conclusions that Bible studies and conversations with leaders yielded were all very.. questionable. This discrepancy made me look in to the Word even more. And the more I read and the more I asked and the more I looked to other places, it helped solidify what I believe or broadened my perspective.
There was this one life group where we were challenged to go and tell a person about Jesus. I was kind of confused. Is it necessary to be challenged to do something that should be an everyday thing..? Still something to ponder. Probably because I have no idea what people mean when they say “challenge.”
There are so many more instances of how good our God is. Like, literally, way too many. Tumblr probably doesn’t have enough memory to store all of it.
I am grateful for this summer. Grateful for all the people pushing me towards Jesus when I go off. Grateful for the pastors who always point people back to Him.
With Jesus at the center, life is actually really simple. And really easy.
PS. I wrote a ‘My Story’ tab on the side. It’s just a little snippet of my life story. Check it out!
If there’s one thing I’ve done this summer, I can say that it’s chase Jesus. And I thought Psalm 23 was a great reminder that chasing Him is all I ever need to do.
The first line of the first verse of Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” Logically, that makes me a sheep. And there’s something interesting about a sheep that someone told me.
Sheep don’t strive.
Sheep don’t try and do great things in their sheep life. Sheep never have thoughts of going “beyond the usual sheep life” and becoming a super sheep. The only thing a sheep does is follow the shepherd.
And I think it’s correct to translate the sheep’s situation to my own life. I don’t have to go about and chase these big things in life. I don’t have to chase that perfect relationship or that perfect job or that perfect situation. All I need to do is follow the good shepherd just like a sheep would.
Verse four talks about walking through the valley of the shadow of death. David said that even though he’s walking through it, he will fear no evil. Why? Because the shepherd’s always with him. Whether I am in the darkest of times or the best of times, I know the shepherd is always with me. He is always leading me.
It’s reassuring to know that I no longer need to strive to make my situation better by my own powers. The only thing I have to do, in the best of times and in the worst of times, is faithfully follow the good shepherd.
Yup, summer in Ann Arbor is drawing to a close. Will write more about it when it actually does, but for now, just writing down simple reminders :)
Incredibly blessed by EML
Thankful for God-centered friendships
Occupied my street
So much joy with much more to discover!
Working at EML and Markley = new friends!! Lots of them
Working is hard
Joyce got married!
Soooooooo many shifts in perspective
Many meaningful conversations
!gnite.. selflessness, worship, New York
Jesus is the main point