So ya know how sometimes something comes around in life and it causes you to get a little excited, and it may seem silly or no big deal to others? Well I sort of find myself there right now – for anyone else that really doesn’t know much about me or the college I attended (also where I grew up) this whole post won’t mean much to you and you will probably be lost, but that’s okay.
I got a call a couple weeks ago from my dad – now first thing you should know is that I really don’t do much of the whole phone deal with my mom or my dad – I am pretty slack like that. It works out nice that I am living and working near my sister because she keeps me pretty plugged in because she talks to them way more than I do. It is not like there is some big problem or that I don’t love them etc. etc. – that is just sort of how we operate. It is sort of the whole – if there is something big or important that comes up we will be in touch – but otherwise it is life as usual, sorry if that sounds bad.
Anyway back to the phone call – so since my dad was calling I figured something was up – we made a minute or two of small talk and then he proceeded to the information he needed to receive or give to me. He asked me about being willing/able to speak at this year’s Gospel Rally (for those that have no clue what the heck that is – it is Roanoke Bible College’s Annual Homecoming and Preaching Rally). I was being asked to speak for the Friday Morning – “Alumni Preacher” session. And here is where we get to the crux of the matter. For me, this is an honor and it is something that I am excited about getting the opportunity to participate in. For others they see this as something that has outlived its usefulness and should be done away with or either changed greatly, and I hear a lot of valid arguments on the needing some change aspect. Ultimately though this is something that represents a great deal of who I am and what helped me to become the person I am today, so it really is something of excitement and a true honor, no matter what anyone else thinks.
Lots of people have lots of DRASTICALLY differing opinions about the college, but this place has been something that has played a major role in my life. This is not to say that there have not been dark moments in her history or bad decisions and difficult times, but then again what sort of an institution has not had those things happen. I tend to look a little bit to the upside and brighter angle, the many lives challenged and changed through her work to draw people into full-time, part-time, and volunteer service of our King! How many countless men and women that have served God in mighty ways and have sacrificed in untold capacities to affect the lives of young men and women. I am truly thankful to God for allowing myself and my family to have been a part of such a rich tradition. Again let me remind you that I am not blinded to the negatives and have even expressed my concerns over things in the past and patterns I have sometimes noticed in the present and the future, but all in all I believe firmly and wholeheartedly of God’s guiding hand upon this wonderful place.
So I am grateful for the opportunity, excited about the possibilities, and humbled for the process that now begins over prayerfully listening to what God would have me prepare through the power of His Spirit for that moment in March, when the Gospel Rally rolls around. I welcome and invite you all to be there, not because I am speaking, but because of the friends and fellow partners in the Gospel who will be there, for the young students who are currently enrolled that we can set an example for, for the faculty and staff that we need to encourage in their efforts of service and to bring Honor and Glory to God for the things He has done, is doing, and will continue to do through the efforts of a wonderful institution. Not to mention some excellent times of worship through word and song that will take place.
I give a special call/invitation to those who I attended RBC with – those graduates of the class of 1998 – I know last year was our “big push” with it being our 10th Anniv, but I would love to see you all again – and those who couldn’t make it. Also for those who graduated after us in the class of 1999 – those who we built great friendships with – it would be awesome to see many of you as well.
This is such a wonderful time to share the joyous times of God’s richest blessings in our lives – to share the tough moments and dark days of struggle that the Lord has FAITHFULLY brought us through – and HECK just to sit back and laugh about those late nights in the dorm, the crazy times at strange events, the random road-trips and everything else in between. You all know that no matter what your “experience” was like while @ RBC – that as you think about those times in college you can recall a story that brings a twinkle to your eye, a smile to your face, or even a full on belly laugh for all to hear – so why not come back and enjoy this time of fellowship.
I’d love to HEAR from anyone and everyone – drop a line and let us know if you can or cannot make it – or simply leave a lil story about your time from school and let’s all enjoy the moments together!