Hello world! It's Thursday, I'm Ashton, and cats are cute. If you've been around MC before, you've probably heard the phrase, "Find faith, find family, find future" when people are talking about what MC has to offer. I remember looking at mail that MC sent me my senior year and passing that phrase off as a clever admissions push, but it's sweet to be able to tell you that it's a reality. The truth is that as a second semester sophomore, I have found all of those things here. In the next few weeks, Liz will come and share how she's found family and future here, so today I'm going to tell you about finding faith at MC.
Coming to MC I knew that I would grow as a Christian and student, but I had no idea that the Lord would do as much in my life as He has. In order for me to tell you all about the work that the Father has done in the past two years, I'd have to write a book or spend the whole day with you at Cups sharing stories and coffee. However, I can't write a book and we can't have coffee right now (I'm at work) so I'm going to tell you about one of the sweetest things the Lord has taught me since coming here-- who I am.
As a girl, something that small groups and youth leaders always push at us in middle and high school is knowing who the Lord has made us to be. After a semester at MC, I quickly learned the difference in knowing who the Lord says I am and believing it as truth.
In scripture, our Creator calls us His child (Galatians 2:26), His friend (John 15:15), new (2 Corinthians 5:17), a work of art (Ephesians 2:10), forgiven (1 John 1:9), created in His likeness (Ephesians 4:24), spiritually alive (Ephesians 2:5), citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20), salt of the Earth (Matthew 5:13), Light of the world (Matthew 5:14), unable to separate ourselves from His love (Romans 8:38-39), fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), known (Luke 12:7), and a handful of other things.
Last spring I struggled a lot with the difference in believing and knowing and my inability to believe those things lead me into a darker season where self love was a foreign concept. Frankly, it sucked. The good news is that Jesus is the Light and even though i felt that i was in darkness, He was still there leading me out of it.
I am thankful that as I walked through that season I was at MC. I will never forget sitting in the Bowl with one of my friends last spring explaining what was going on and the Lord using him to show me truth. There were countless nights spent with friends praying over the situation, afternoons spent in scripture and over coffee, and Sunday mornings spent worshipping with my best friends at my side. The Father has used MC as the setting for some of the most pivotal work that He's done in my life (mind you, I've been a Christian for 7 years and only at MC for two of them) and I wouldn't have it any other way.
A year after the initial struggle with believing and knowing who He says I am, I am thankful to be able to tell you that the Father has brought me to a place where I believe His words as truth. He has made me able and He has carried me through the immense amounts of growth I've experienced here.
MC is a place where academic and spiritual growth collide, where the Lord's presence is known, and where He actively reveals Himself to students-- it's something special, y'all. If you're looking to find faith while in college, don't hesitate to come to MC.
A cherished daughter of the Most High God