One of the most importance “first days” for me as I am sure is for many was the first day of college. I was thrilled and yet a little nervous. Of course, when I think about that first day, I have to reminisce on my many days spent at the UGA Wesley Foundation at the University of Georgia. Oh when I think about that place, delight fills my heart. I am forever grateful to the Lord that Wesley was a place I could call home from day one.
When I started college, I desperately needed a new beginning. I longed for God to help me find the right path and even more desperately needed a community of believers to wrap their arms around me. From day one, I found this at Wesley. For seven years I was discipled by an older student or staff member every week. I was prayed for, encouraged to be in the Word, and loved. It is hard to explain to anyone how much that has changed my life.
Just the other day, I was telling my husband once again the power of discipleship that I learned at Wesley and how that has now seemed to impact every relationship that I have. It has helped me see the impact of true community on our walk with God.
Next to discipleship, one of the most important and life changing lessons I learned at Wesley was, “it is alright to take a risk. The worst thing that can happen is that you fail. Oh well.” I laugh when I think about all the crazy things I tried to do while a student and even as a staff member at Wesley that totally flopped. Maybe it was a little too much ambition some would say, but I would say that I learned to fail well. Failures soon lead to success and confidence. The entire time I always had a thumbs up from those around me! Now, in my mind, it is alright to flop. God is not going to yell at me. I may be corrected in some things, but that only helps me for my next attempt.
So, I think back over my college years and say, “thank you.”
“Thank you UGA Wesley Foundation Staff and friends.”
“Thank you God for my experiences and changing my life!”
I am excited for all those starting out on a new day today. From Kindergarten all the way to college. It is a new day! I pray for many new paths and new adventures that lead many hearts into the heart of God.