I came to NBBI at a later age than most students. I had already graduated from college and had been working for two years. I had always planned to be a career woman, make lots of money, and live a good life. God was somewhere at the end of that list. However, God was working on my heart for about two years and He was changing that list of priorities. I finally surrendered to His will and arrived on campus in September of 2008. Little did I know how much work God still had to do.
Over the last two years, the lesson that I have learned and that I keep learning is that God wants all of me. He wants me to love Him first, and then, out of that will come complete surrender, commitment, and obedience in every area of my life. In my freshmen year, I made a commitment to God that I would go anywhere and do anything for Him. The last two years have not been easy, but He always takes me back to that commitment and reminds me of the cost of serving Him. As a close friend often reminds me, God is trying to shape me into a pearl. That process is not a pleasant one, but without the irritant (a small piece of sand) you would never see the pearl’s true beauty and potential.
As I finish my time at school, I do not know where I will end up. I only know that in five, ten, or forty years I want to be found serving my Lord and Saviour to whom I owe my life. God often reminds me that serving Him costs everything, but He is worth it!
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
Post by: Tara Johnson, Senior Class Secretary
This article appears in the March 2011 Open Bible Bulletin.