John Austin Higginbotham
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. It’s easy to worry about ourselves. It’s natural and we do it every day. Whether it’s trying to stay on top of schoolwork, making sure you have enough money for meals, or just trying to find some time for hanging out with friends, many of us have a lot that we are worrying about. And it would be wrong for me to say that all of that is unimportant or that everyone should push that to the side. But as Christians we are called to serve others. And if we are not serving others, then we are not truly fulfilling God’s commandment to love others. This is a challenge we face in college, but it’s not insurmountable. I know that in my own life, when I am serving God by serving others, I am happy, joyful, and content. I truly believe that when we are living out God’s will to love and know Him, and to love and serve the world around us, then all of the hardships in college life become less stressful, and we are more empowered to overcome them.
God, open our eyes and ears to the world and students around us, that we can show them love. And that in doing so, we might know the peace and joy that only Christ brings, and that we can overcome all that is being thrown our way.