Feb 23, 2010

From the desk

by Amanda Sullivan

As a Liberty University student, I am accustomed to the various themes certain designated weeks throughout the semester. These theme weeks dictate who speaks during convocation and how many and what types of tables clutter the back hallway of DeMoss Hall, which inevitably causes traffic congestion among students after convocation and in between classes. Not to mention, the difficulty of accessing SubConnection greatly increases.

For the most part, the week’s subject matter is informative and motivating, which is especially true when the spring semester’s Mission’s Emphasis Week (MEW) comes around. To be brutally honest, this is my favorite week because a slew of adorable children take over the convocation stage, illustrating their talents and passion for Christ through music. In an effort to sound a little less crass, I feel I should tell you that I also enjoy the week because of the opportunity to hear from various missionaries and missions-minded people and organizations.

However, I do believe that overseas missions, which is mainly emphasized during MEW, is important, I also feel that students should be mindful of the opportunities to serve in missions in Lynchburg and their hometowns.

The United States sends many missionaries overseas, which is in accordance with the Biblical truths. However, not all individuals are supposed to fly across the world, some are slated to stay and minister to the people around them.

Impacting the lives of American citizens may prove to be more difficult many individuals initially think. American people tend to have a negative connotation of Christianity, making tearing down people’s barriers a little more difficult.

My pastor recently taught on “Making a Mark” in the world. He said, “People are caught not taught,” meaning that people are caught up by your actions versus what you say, which gives credence to the age old adage “actions speak louder than words.”

As Liberty students, we have a responsibility and a right to positively impact Lynchburg for Christ. Such actions do not require a lot of money or even a lot of time. Reaching out to the community may include attending CampusServe on Saturday, volunteering at the soup kitchen or the Liberty Godparent Home. The tasks may take on an even simpler stance by giving up a seat on the bus, offering to help carry groceries from the store to the car or maybe paying for the person’s coffee in line behind you at Starbucks.

It’s the simple actions that make the most impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Consider your actions and your words the next time you are in public, remembering that you are representing Christ. I know the thought will be running through my head.

Contact Amanda Sullivan at
amsullivan3@liberty.edu.
 


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