I am happy to present to you a wonderful piece of writing written by my friend Emily Burkholder who lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Read what she has to say and ponder the points made in this article. Enjoy!
When Audrey asked me if I would write a blog post for her, my mind instantly began to spin…what on earth should I write about?! Especially since very few of you who read this know me… So this is just a collection of random things I have been meditating on, but hopefully at least one of them can make sense and bless your life in some little way.
Adjusting back to my ‘normal’ life since Bible School has been much rougher than I ever imagined it could be…before MBS, my life was, well, normal! But I have come to realize that when you leave your family, church, and community for a period of time, you will inevitably come back with a different view of what has been your ‘normal’ up until that point. There is just something about stepping back and looking at things from a distance that really changes your perspective! It has been a challenge for me to find ‘my place’ here in my community again…I feel that since I learned so much at MBS, I don’t really fit at the same place as I did before. Thankfully, at this point, I am feeling pretty much ‘at home’ again!
Something we talked about a lot at Bible School that really has been a challenge to me is the topic of servanthood. Jesus was our perfect example, and He came as a Servant. Therefore, if we are Christians, we are called to be servants. Although the thought of a life of servanthood may seem like a life of drudgery, if we are serving for Christ out of a heart of love for others, it will only bring joy and fulfillment to life.
My very favorite class of all at MBS was the Wisdom Literature II class. In this class, we studied the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. It is amazing to me how much wisdom and insight these books have about some of the most common things we struggle with in our Christian lives! I would just like to share a few things that stood out to me from this class…
- Think about what you’re thinking about!
- God will never put you in a place where you can’t grow…but it’s your choice whether or not to grow.
Another class I really enjoyed was The Christian and Music. In this class we discussed who God is and how our music should line up with His character. I would also like to share some thoughts from that class as well…
- We say that music is a form of worship…then think about this definition of worship–“extravagant love and extreme submission”. What am I showing this love and submission to in my music?
- If we are not testifying to the change in us, can we be called Christians?
- If we are content with the world’s music, we will be content with a shallow religion.
- If we are worshipping out of a shallow Christianity, what will we have to pass on to the next generation?
I think the biggest challenge to my life from MBS was our calling to be a light to the world. The one evening we had a candle-lighting service and sang the song “Go Light Your World.” There are so many needy people around us that we come into contact with every day…at our jobs, in town, our neighbors, and maybe even people in our own families or churches. If we are fully surrendered to God, He may (and probably will) use us as His instrument to meet the needs of those around us.
The only truly happy and fulfilling life will be one that is totally sold out to God. God knows everything and on the day that I was born He already had my whole life planned out–down to every little detail–and therefore why do I sometimes get all bent out of shape over how things are working out, and try to make my life go the way I think it should?! God is truly faithful, and He will bring everything to pass in His own perfect timing!
“You may feel lost and alone, but God knows exactly where you are, and He has a good plan for your life.”
May you rest in Him and His plan for your life! God bless y’all as you continue to serve Him!