Charles Lowery, a psychiatrist-turned–motivational speaker, delivered the message at Friday’s convocation. As a self-billed “power communicator,” Lowery’s clients have included AT&T, Jenny Craig Systems, State Farm Insurance Company and more. He is president and CEO of the Lowery Institute for Excellence (LIFE, Inc.), a non-profit educational organization he founded to help teach individuals the keys to a successful life.
Using humorous stories, Lowery told the students that their plan for life would be very limited if that plan was not directed by the word of God.
“I would like to give you a strategy that’s unlimited, a strategy that’s been around a long time … and it comes from Psalm 100,” Lowery said.
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
These verses should be a guidepost for how Christians live their lives, Lowery said.
“The Bible says you have to constantly renew your mind or you’ll be conformed the way the world system thinks, and you’ll end up not having the life that God had for you,” Lowery said.
Christ’s followers are incredibly rich, thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, he said.
“There is a business phrase, ‘Think outside the box,’ and see, one day you will die; death runs in my family and I guess it runs in yours,” he said sarcastically. “And they will put you in a box … but Christ followers not only can think outside the box, one day they will live outside the box.”
For more on Lowery, go to www.charleslowery.com
Also at convocation, Alumni Officer Justin Terry invited students to attend an upcoming Student Alumni Association meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. in DeMoss Hall, Room 1113.
“It’s going to be a time for you to hear the vision of the Student Alumni Association,” Terry said. “You have a chance to win a $500 scholarship at the meeting.”
The newly formed SAA sponsors a scholarship program, an alumni mentoring and career advancement program and a host of free on-campus events.