A Little Seersucker Sass

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While on my way to work a sorority life booth, I was asked by a student organization to fill out a card and enter to win a $50 gift card.  I am usually that annoying student asking people to fill out a card (I was actually on my way to do just that), so I obliged.  I didn’t think much about it.

On my way home, I received a phone call from a local number.  I usually don’t answer, but for some reason I did.  The lady on the phone was a table leader for Journey, the Emmaus walk I went on this May that changed my life.  She asked me if I would like to meet with her the next day, so we made plans for lunch.

I met her on campus in a secluded area of the building where all students hang out.  She asked about Recruitment, but then we were down to business.  She started asking me lots of questions, which made me nervous.  My table leader knows that this is new to me, so she keeps her Christ related questions light (well as light as they can be, I suppose.)  I’m used to being asked how Jesus and I are doing this week, or how I view Jesus (strict?  lenient? etc.)  She starts asking me if I know how to get to Heaven and what do I say when I get there.  I am thrown for a loop.  I had never even thought of that.  I start to feel dumb, which I hate.  I can’t handle being put on the spot.  I can feel my face turning red and like I’m some kind of disappointment.

I’ve always thought that if I try to live my life right and ask for forgiveness, I should be able to go to Heaven.  However, I was told that no matter what I do, I can’t get into Heaven based off of that.  However, I’m lucky.  Jesus died for me.  He took a spot on the cross where I deserved (and still do deserve) to be.  I can’t get into Heaven based on my own acts, but I can get into Heaven because the Lamb of God died for me.  As a planner, I’m relieved to know what to say when I get to the pearly gates.  But more importantly, I’m thankful that she explained it to me in a way that I had never thought of.  When the conversation was done, I bawled my eyes out.

My friend talked me into going to the Campus Crusade BBQ after my Senate meeting.  All of my friends were doing things that seemed so fun.  My Student Government friends were going to get pizza and beer and then go to our university’s soccer game.  I wanted to bond with them.  My recruitment counselor friends were all going to get free food at the soccer game, stay for a bit, and then go to the bar.  I hadn’t been out in forever, and again, I wanted to bond.  However, I reminded myself that I had made a committment, so I headed off to the Cru house.

 I was late and the first person there, which terrified me.  I clung close to my friend.  This wasn’t my element.  People asked me questions about myself, and I started to feel better.  I realized that a lot of people that worked for Cru have some kind of business degree, which is what I will have (in December!! EEK!!)  I sat in an area where I knew no one.  And at that point, I was beyond thankful for my sorority girl background.  I had been trained to talk to people, so that is what I did.

I learned about everyone.  I learned their majors, where they were from, what they wanted to do.  We talked about tattoos and cornhole.  We shared our favorite verses.  We all swapped contact information.

When the event ended, I was almost sad to leave.  I left in a good mood and I felt relaxed.  I had spent my entire college career avoiding campus ministries because of their disapproval of sorority life.  However, the members of Campus Crusade accepted me for who I was.

I am bummed because my table group from Journey meets the same time as Cru, but I know that God will lead me where I need to be.  I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the last semester of my senior year.

Are you involved in campus ministries?  I wanna hear all about it!

XX,

SS

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I have an hour-long drive to work, and I spend the first part of it praying it. I live in the middle of nowhere, and it is absolutely beautiful. There are trees and flowers, farms and baby animals. You can see God at work.

I always close my prayers with the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the thing I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

I had never thought about how powerful that second line was – Grant me the courage to change the things I can. Not “God, please fix everything wrong in the world,” but asking him to give us courage to change things that are wrong in the world.

I am (hopefully) graduating from college in December. This took a lot of prayer and thought – did I want to have two easy semesters for my senior year or did I want to graduate on time in December? After much prayer, I decided that I needed to be courageous and graduate on time in December. I didn’t need to let my fear of the uncertain (where I would be attending law school? what would I do for 7 months before law school? will I find a half lease?) stop me from reaching my goal of graduating on time.

This summer I went on the Journey put on by the Emmaus Community. My little sponsored me, paying for me to spend a weekend with no outside influences. Just God, my table group, and myself. I can’t even begin to tell you how much the event changed my life. It is hard enough to beg God for forgiveness and truly accept him into your life. But to have the courage to be a vision of God in a world that lacks him tacks much more courage. One thing that really sticks out in my mind is a talk given by the director of the event who spoke about showing the love of Jesus to everyone we come in contact with. I try to remember this at all times, especially at work or when I see people that I don’t really care for that I would usually glare at and then go on.

Right now, I am very interested in getting involved in prison ministries. To be honest, I am kind of intimidated. Actually, that is an understatement. I am terrified. In my mind, I envision these hard looking women with tattoos and mean faces that killed their husbands and could probably snap me in half. I know I shouldn’t make assumptions, and most of the women are probably in jail for minor drug offenses and DUIs. However, God has really been laying this on my heart. I pray every day for Him to give me courage and means to become involved. I can’t think of a better place to go to show the love of Jesus.

When was a time when you surprised yourself be being courageous? I’d love to hear!

xx,

Seersucker Sass


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