Friday, May 4, 2012

Down To The River

This past Tuesday was our End Of The Year BBQ with InterVarsity. It was such a great time to eat delicious food with friends I've known for 4 years and some I've just met. The community we have with Mines IV is incredible. It's so comforting to know that if I need someone, I have at least 50 close friends I can talk to.

We also did Senior Send-Offs which is good but hard. I'm saying goodbye to some of my best friends and will miss them dearly. I'm so excited to see where God takes each and every one of them and I know they will be a blessing to all they interact with. I'm so excited to be at Mines for another year to serve and grow with the fellowship, but at the same time it's bittersweet. I would also love to be moving on from college and to take my faith and what I've learned to the next stage in life. Fortunately for me, I feel like next year is doing just that. I want my career to be working on Staff with IV and being a student intern next year is such a huge blessing because it brings me closer to that dream.

But I think the best part of the evening was getting baptized! I was baptized as an infant and although I don't discount infant baptisms, I felt like choosing to be baptized was important; especially since I had no desire to be baptized until this year. I know that we are commanded, as followers of Jesus, to be baptized but really hadn't really seen the relevance to my life until just recently.

I've been spending a lot of time planning a wedding this year. I'm so excited to get married to my best friend and the man I love with my whole heart! Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love Brett, how I live my life to love him; but even though everyone knows that, I'm still planning a public ceremony to commit my life to him in front of my friends and family.

Being baptized is the same thing for me. I love God and live my life pursuing him and people know that. So I thought it was a fitting time for a public display of my commitment to him. It was so special to be baptized in the freezing water by a great mentor, with the amazing IV community surrounding me, and with a dear friend next to me.

Baptism hasn't changed my life dramatically, but I have noticed a difference. It is important, and it is a big deal and I'm so blessed by God. How could I not commit my everything to him??

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