John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” As a resident assistant (RA) in the women’s dorm, I fully resonate with this calling from Scripture and have been able to take this verse to heart. I love being an RA because it allows me to connect with many girls in the dorm. Being able to share God’s love and pour into these girls through quality time, gifts, and notes has been a tremendous blessing to me. I have been able to set time aside to hang out and get to know the girls in my dorm. We go on coffee dates, Target runs, dinner at their favorite restaurants, anything and everything to connect.
I want to be their friend but also a role model who exemplifies Christ. I want them to know that I always have time for their needs. I love being a part of these girls’ lives and making lasting friendships with them. Thursday night devotions are a time I look forward to every week because I get to spend it with the girls on my wing when we’re all together with no distractions. It’s a place where we can truly come together and hear about the accomplishments and challenges we have had throughout the week. During devotions, we spend time in God’s Word and in prayer for one another. John 15:13 describes the kind of love I want to have for my neighbor. And the Lord has encouraged me to love my neighbors with a Christ-like love.
I John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” This verse clearly explains the reason why we should love other people. God loves us more than we can fathom, and there’s nothing that we can do to earn or pay back the love He has for us. Christ commands us to love others. We should strive to live out God’s love to others every day.
One way I have shared the love of God with other people was through an amazing opportunity at FLBC. My summer team and I spent ten weeks on the road traveling to multiple churches to lead vacation Bible school for kids. I am glad that God called me to do this because it was a joy to love these kids and see the excitement on their faces when they grasped the truth that we were teaching them from God’s Word.
When I was younger, there were many people who poured into my life and showed me the love of God through VBS, Awana programs, and church. I am blessed that God has given me a desire to love these kids in a similar way to the love that I experienced through my childhood leaders. God wants us to follow His example and love others. We should do this every day as we walk with Him. My prayer is that all believers would follow Christ’s example and show God’s love to others always.
God has shown me His love in so many ways with the things He’s done in my life and, of course, through His Word. One of the ways that He showed His love was when I finally was able to come to campus. Sadly, I got Covid about two days before the fall semester started. Since this is my first year, I didn’t know anyone, and I missed moving on campus with all of the other first-year students. I missed the first few weeks of classes before coming to campus. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t nervous to arrive late, because I totally was. I knew most people would already have their friend groups, and I was worried that I would be an outsider.
Thankfully, that’s not how it went at all. When I first arrived, I got to meet DJ, my dorm assistant, and Katey, my roommate. They both helped me out a lot and showed me around. They even introduced me to some cool people. One of the first things that comes to mind about that tour is when they introduced me to Maggie Smith. The first thing she did was hug me. The rest of the day, Katey and I left our door open, and a lot of girls stopped by and said hi. Everybody was so welcoming and they told me they were happy I was finally on campus. That’s one of the best things about FLBC. The people here show God’s love to others, and they blessed me by showing me God’s love as a newcomer.
When I first applied to the Bible College, I had a constant fear throughout the summer before the first semester that, because I was introverted and home schooled, I would have trouble talking to people and making friends. But after praying and entirely leaning on God, I was overwhelmed by how welcoming, friendly, and amazing the community is here at FLBC. It has really shown me how powerful God’s love is and how amazing it is to see the joy we have shine through others.
Spending my first semester at FLBC has taught me how to be more social and out-going. It has also shown me how powerful God is and how important it is to lay all your doubts and worries on Him and have faith in Him.
Faith is something that I have had trouble focusing on in the past few years of my life. The faith working inside me and in fellow students has been really reassuring, encouraging, and has given me a great teaching moment in my faith walk with Christ. One passage of Scripture that I have constantly been going back to and reading is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” These two verses really show how simple and important it is to put your faith in Christ.
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