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
So I’ve been kind of staying away from the Old Testament because I wasn’t sure of how to approach it. For example—
There are certain truths that we hold on to today that weren’t so ‘truthful’ in the Old Testament times. Like, we say that God listens all the time. But there are times in the Old Testament where God doesn’t listen to us, like Amos 5. We say that God has never and will never forsake us. But in the Old Testament, it said that God forsook His people, even if it was for a little while, like Isaiah 54.
So, my question is, how would I go about reading the Old Testament? How should I read it? With what perspective should I be reading all of it?
God loves you. And let me explain why it’s a big deal.
Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.” -John 11:3
I read about this verse in the book Jesus Is ___ (which is a great book by the way.. go read it!). I really missed something very important in this verse.. something that probably triggered multiple perspective changes during this summer. It says he whom you love. It doesn’t say Lazarus, the man that loved you so much. Mary knew that the thing that would move Jesus the most was not Lazarus’ love for Jesus, but Jesus’ love for Lazarus.
For me, most of my Christian walk has been my own effort to love God. I thought, “How can I love God more? What if I grow more in investing in people? What if I serve my life group and my church more? What if I read more? What if I go to every morning prayer and every chapel?” I thought it was right, and it seemed perfectly correct. And then I realized.. this is absolutely not the Gospel.. The Gospel is about a God that so loved us.. not about a group of people who so loved God.
John 3:16.. For God so loved the world (and I can talk so much more about this but I’ll just leave it at that (: )
1 John 4:10.. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.
So, God loves you. When you’re not faithful, He still loves you. When you forget to read the Word, He still loves you. When you decide to run away, He still loves you. No matter the situation, time of day, or circumstance, God is still obsessed with you.
I came up with this phrase that I think is pretty awesome haha. It makes sense in my head..
The Gospel is for you, but not about you.
Yes, the Gospel is technically about us. It involves us. But it has absolutely nothing to do with what we have to offer.. our righteousness or our love or our resume. Isn’t that amazing?