Wherever You go

Hey everyone! I apologize for not posting last week. I was at a leadership conference that is actually the subject of this blog! I learned so many great things and God did some amazing things in my life!

This last week I went to the Student Institute of Campus Ministry (SICM) in Bellingham, Washington. I woke up nice and early Saturday morning and my Chi Alpha pastor picked up me and two of the other students who were going. We made the 13 hour drive all the way up to the northern part of Washington where the conference was being held. It was a week full of learning ways to disciple others on our campus, ways to study the Bible, and making some great new friends! I learned so much and would love to share every bit of information I learned, however I am going to focus on one of the main things that stuck out to me.

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Matthew 28:19-20 says “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Most people know this as the Great Commission. Jesus calls his disciples to spread the Good News of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Now, I know what some of you may be thinking. “I’m not meant to go to a foreign country on a mission.” “I’m too old for that.” “I’m too young for that, I have college to think about.” “Missions work just isn’t my thing.” Whatever your excuse is, you’re wrong. As followers of Jesus we are all called to make disciples, but that may look different for each person.

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The Sunday of SICM we went to church at Hillcrest Chapel, who was hosting the entire conference. The woman who gave the message that morning shared an interesting concept with us. Wherever your feel are is where your mission is. In the original Greek language, the verb ‘go’ actually has two meanings. She described them as big ‘g’ Go and little ‘g’ go. Big ‘g’ Go is the Go that everyone expects Jesus to be talking about in the Great Commission. Go and uproot your entire life to wherever I call you to share the Gospel. This is the Go everyone focuses on. Some people are called to uproot their entire lives for missions work and if you are one of those people that is awesome! But as for everyone else, you don’t get off the hook that easy. The little ‘g’ go applies to you. Little ‘g’ go make disciples means as you are going, make disciples. As you are going through life, make disciples. As you are going to the grocery store, or going to work, or school, make disciples. Share the Gospel and love of Jesus wherever your feet take you. And that’s something every single one of us can, and are called to do.

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This was a concept I had never really thought of before. I was one of those people that always thought being on mission for Jesus was about going to other places and sharing Jesus there. It never occurred to me that I could be on mission right where I was. I have lived the past couple years with the mindset of “I’ll just get through school and then I can share Jesus where God wants me to.” But this is a right now thing. Our lives are full of divine appointments that God has set up. The guy sitting next to you on the bus may have been put there by God so you can share Jesus with them. That girl that you pass on your way to class everyday might be waiting for you to share the love of Christ with her. A single conversation could change their entire world. You may not see the results, but by having that conversation, by telling them about the amazing God that loves the world so much he sacrificed everything for it, you are planting seeds and giving God a chance to grow inside them.

Missions work isn’t just sharing Jesus with people from foreign countries. We are called to be on mission wherever we go. At work, at school, walking down the street. Wherever your feet take you is your mission field. You don’t have to travel to be on mission for Jesus. You can share his Good News with your coworkers, your college professors, your family, even the strangers you pass by on the street. Anyone could be someone God put in your path to share His love with. So don’t wait! Don’t wait for a sign or for a clear word from God. He already gave it to you in His word! go and make disciples.

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I am a diamond in progress on mission for Jesus.

 

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Iron Sharpens Iron

Hey everyone! I have been planning to start a blog for what seems like forever. Better late than never I guess! I am super excited to share about God’s love and how he is working in my life as a college student. My goal is to share what I’ve learned and what the Bible says about basically any topic that comes up in my week (as I attempt to write weekly with my busy schedule) and just share the love of Jesus with anyone who reads my blog. Also, my mom has a blog and if you haven’t heard of her you should definitely check hers out ( justasmalltowngirlblog.wordpress.com ).

To start out I want to introduce myself and explain the meaning behind my blog name. I just finished my sophomore year at Idaho State University and I am working on my Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, after which I will get my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and if God allows, my doctorate. I live in the campus apartments with my cat and have an amazing community that I am a part of.

I am really excited about my blog name. I got the idea from Hawk Nelson’s song “Diamonds.” God is making diamonds out of all of us. With every trial we endure, every test of our faith, he is making diamonds out of us, “when the pressure is on he’s making diamonds.” Through this blog I will hopefully be able to share how God is refining me into the diamond I am. I am a diamond in progress.

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To kick of Diamond in Progress I want to talk about community. I’m not talking about the community of people and neighbors you live in. I’m talking about having a community of fellow believers. Over the last 2 years here at ISU, I have discovered just how important it is to have a group of believers to live life with.

I grew up in a Christian home in an LDS community. Pretty much everyone I knew was LDS and didn’t believe the same thing I did. All of my friends at school were LDS and that made things really hard for me growing up. I struggled through a lot of depression because I felt like I didn’t belong. When I was in 6th grade my family started attending a small non-denominational church that we still attend today. My sense of belonging got a little better, but not by much. There weren’t many kids at that church that were my age. I became fast friends with the pastor’s daughter and we had a small youth group. I had more of a sense of belonging, but still struggled. I spent most of my time away from that small community and soon that community shrunk to almost nothing because most of the people in it were older than me. I felt pretty alone. Then I started college.

I was really scared to start college. I was completely by myself. No friends from high school had followed me to ISU. I was starting completely new and I didn’t know anyone. I ended up meeting a couple of girls that I hung out with my first weekend there. One of them invited me to go to church with her. It was at this church that I first met the beginning of my college family. Two women walked up to us after church and gave us little card advertising an event called Cold Butts and Beer that their campus group was putting on. There was going to be ice blocking and rootbeer on one of the campus fields. They also invited me to their Wednesday night group meeting. I didn’t know it then, but that group, Chi Alpha, was going to change my life and my relationship with God forever.

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Over the next two years, my Chi Alpha family fed my love for Jesus and introduced me to God in a new and tangible way. I have had opportunities to grow in God that I’ve never had before and I’ve grown so much because I had people to pour God’s love into me. They have been my support system and I have found life long friends in all of them. Without the love friendship they offered me, I wouldn’t be writing this blog today. I honestly don’t know where I would be.

Having a community is vitally important to your walk with God. It provides you with a family and support system, as well as people to challenge you and help you grow your relationship with God. Not only that, it provides people to hold you accountable. James 5:16 says “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

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I could go on and on about community and its importance, but all you have to do is look at the life of Jesus to see it. Jesus chose companions for a reason. He wasn’t alone, and you shouldn’t be either. So find your community. Find a group of believers to challenge you, support you, love you, and encourage you.

Community has shaped me into a diamond in progress.

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