Dear Freshmen Year Avery,
Don’t waste the opportunity you have. Look around. You are at a university campus surrounded by an incredibly diverse group of people who have a wide spectrum of ideas and beliefs. You have a unique potential for relationships with people very unlike you. More than likely, you will never be so surrounded by this amount of agnostics, atheists, muslims, buddhists, and many others who are all curious, inquisitive, and open to discussion. All these students are trying to find out who they are and who they want to be. You will likely never have this situation again. So I ask, what type of people are you around? Is it only Christians involved with Wesley and maybe Young Life or Cru? Do you have a “token non-Christian friend”? Don’t get me wrong, Christian community is of HUGE importance and we need to be poured into. But for what? We are to be poured into so that we can pour out to others. We receive so that we can give it away. Get out of your comfort zone and share the gospel. Jesus commanded us to share the gospel with those around us. This is why we live. This is our mission, and you are currently in an extremely fertile field of people looking for truth. Commit to Christian community. If that’s at Wesley, commit to Wesley. At the same time, do not neglect those who are spiritually dead around you. God has so much more for you than a worship service twice a week. Live with your eyes open, and notice the people around you!
Modern Day Avery
So I’m pretty harsh on freshman year me, but this is because I was so hard headed. I was scared but would never admit it. The world around me could be burning, but I would still just keep smiling like nothing was wrong. The reality that people around me did not know Jesus didn’t hit me in the way it should. What was I doing about it? I got caught up for about two years, completely ensnared by the Wesley-bubble. God lifted my head up one day and I saw the reality of a wasted platform. God had given me influence, but I was not stewarding it well. I want to encourage you to plug into strong Christian community. Simultaneously, seek ways to pursue those who don’t know Jesus. This way, you will be walking in obedience and truly loving this campus! Please ask God for opportunities for you to share the gospel.
PS.- If you think you’re not ready to share the gospel, or dont think you're equipped, I disagree. You have a story, and also God lives in you (if you are a Christian). This is enough equipping in my book. Yes, pursue more knowledge and growth. But do not let the fear of being incapable hold you back from the life God has called you to live.