I learned this past Friday that I have been hired as a Resident Assistant for the 2011-2012 school year! I am very excited about this new window of my life… I’ve been getting a little restless, so this might be just the change I need for direction. Pray for the coming months that my heart is prepared to be available to the girls on my hall and eager to do ministry with and for them. Pray that I desire to exalt and serve Jesus, lifting up his name through my work rather than my own. Pray for the new relationships I’ll form–that they will be opportunities for the gospel to be lived, preached, and known.
Paul writes to the Thessalonians, “For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed–God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us” (1 Thess 2:3-8).
Lord, may I seek to come to my peers not with words of flattery or a pretext for greed, but with the powerful and freeing truth of the gospel. May I desire to lift up your name for your glory rather than to make my name great for my own glory. My glory is deceitful and fleeting, but yours is satisfying and lasting. Prepare my heart to be ready and eager to share my life with my community at school, both now and in the months to come. I ask all this for your glory and in Jesus’ name. Amen.