I Enrolled in Seminary and Forgot to Invite God

 

From the day my yearning to serve the Lord turned into a call to ministry, I knew that I would attend seminary.  In the nearly three months since I have been at

 

From the day my yearning to serve the Lord turned into a call to ministry, I knew that I would attend seminary.  In the nearly three months since I have been at Columbia Teleological Seminary I have concentrated on the tasks of school – such as learning Greek, writing papers, performing seminary service and finding the right balance between studying, rest, and life.

 

However, despite the fact that I attend chapel every day, prayed with my classmate before the start of every class and I read the Bible every day in support of my assignments. I discovered one critical part of my seminary experience was lacking. I forgot to invite God to come to Seminary with me!

 

The life of a seminarian, especially one who approaches this adventure later in life, requires imagination to see the possible in the impossible.  Resilience to take the punches of the ups and downs of learning new things, along with attentiveness to see the details of the little, and the opportunities of the large.

 

This week I wrote several papers about Peter’s conversion in Acts Chapter 10-11. God open Peter’s eyes to see that the Gospel was to be shared with both Jews and Gentiles.

 

Breaking with Jewish laws and customs that forbid association with Gentiles was big deal for Peter.  It called on him to go beyond the norms of just doing the things expected because of his religion to truly worship God with his faith.

 

One thing I learned from the study of Acts Chapters 10 -11, and the subsequent writing assignments, is that I must have imagination, resilience and attentiveness to do God’s and not just tasks of being in seminary.

 

Therefore:

 

The Lord is the source of my imagination:

God will help me write papers, unlock ways of learning Greek, and provide opportunities for service I thought were possible.

 

The Lord gives me the resilience:

God will provide the stamina to keep me going with a superior attitude regardless of the setbacks.

 

The Lord will make me attentive:

God’s hand is in everything that I do. God’s attentiveness to me, my classmates faculty and staff will bring glory to our efforts at Columbia Theological Seminary and the world we are called to serve.

 

I now know that seminary is more than an academic exercise, it is truly a calling.

 

So despite my struggles:

 

  • I will learn Greek to interpret God’s Word for the people of God,

 

  • I will wash dishes in the cafeteria so that I can be a better servant leader, and

 

  • I will go to chapel not because it is expected, but because it is a place where I worship the Lord.

 

Nearly three months after my enrollment I finally decided to invite God to attend    Seminary with me and to my surprise God has been with me all along.

 

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I have concentrated on the tasks of school – such as learning Greek, writing papers, performing seminary service and finding the right balance between studying, rest, and life.

However, despite the fact that I attend chapel every day, prayed with my classmate before the start of every class and I read the Bible every day in support of my assignments. I discovered one critical part of my seminary experience was lacking. I forgot to invite God to come to Seminary with me!

The life of a seminarian, especially one who approaches this adventure later in life, requires imagination to see the possible in the impossible.  Resilience to take the punches of the ups and downs of learning new things, along with attentiveness to see the details of the little, and the opportunities of the large.

This week I wrote several papers about Peter’s conversion in Acts Chapter 10-11. God open Peter’s eyes to see that the Gospel was to be shared with both Jews and Gentiles.

Breaking with Jewish laws and customs that forbid association with Gentiles was big deal for Peter.  It called on him to go beyond the norms of just doing the things expected because of his religion to truly worship God with his faith.

One thing I learned from the study of Acts Chapters 10 -11, and the subsequent writing assignments, is that I must have imagination, resilience and attentiveness to do God’s and not just tasks of being in seminary.

Therefore:

The Lord is the source of my imagination:

God will help me write papers, unlock ways of learning Greek, and provide opportunities for service I thought were possible.

The Lord gives me the resilience:

God will provide the stamina to keep me going with a superior attitude regardless of the setbacks.

The Lord will make me attentive:

God’s hand is in everything that I do. God’s attentiveness to me, my classmates faculty and staff will bring glory to our efforts at Columbia Theological Seminary and the world we are called to serve.

I now know that seminary is more than an academic exercise, it is truly a calling.

So despite my struggles:

  • I will learn Greek to interpret God’s Word for the people of God,
  • I will wash dishes in the cafeteria so that I can be a better servant leader, and
  • I will go to chapel not because it is expected, but because it is a place where I worship the Lord.

Nearly three months after my enrollment I finally decided to invite God to attend   Seminary with me and to my surprise God has been with me all along.

 

Read more of my blogs www.marbenbland.com

Text Marben to 22828 to receive my weekly blogs and emails

 

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