BIBLE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 4: 7-9 (The Message): If musical instruments – flutes, say, or harps – aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle? So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth?
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Returning to college as an older adult has been a wonderful experience. I have so loved everything about it. Call me a nerd, but I have enjoyed reading my textbooks, listening to my teachers lecture, and everything I have learned so far has enriched my life.
Being “the older one” in class definitely has some advantages. I took a criminology course this past semester and the teacher made a reference about a person “going postal.” I was the only one who understood what that meant.
By far, the most valuable knowledge I have attained in my college adventure is the realization of how diverse people truly are. Yes, everyone is different, but in an academic setting one can really see the uniqueness of an individual. One can see what they excel in, what interests them, and also what doesn’t interest them. God is so creative in the way He designed each and every one of us! We all have a purpose to fulfill.
In contrast, I have also seen how a life full of bad choices and separation from God can steal that marvelous purpose. I have befriended many wonderful young people who are, frankly, so very lost. To be able to blend in this new environment that God has so graciously placed me in and be a light, I have had to learn to become relevant. How does a 40-something year old mom, who has stayed home to raise her kids for the past 18 years, become relevant in a college campus full of 19-20 year old students? I speak in a way my peers can understand.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Take a look at the Bible verse posted above. This chapter in Corinthians focuses on tongues and prophecy, but when I read it again recently during Sunday School the Holy Spirit showed me something new. If you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth? You and I are not called to get along solely with our church friends. Our circle of influence should be a lot bigger than that, and it should include the lost. Speaking in a way my peers can understand does not mean that I change my personality, the way I talk, or my values. It simply means that I remember what it was like to be lost, and therefore, I can relate to it… because I once was lost. The irony of it all is that if I ever become so “Christian” that I can no longer be relevant to the lost then I’m not at all like Jesus.
PRAYER: Lord, never, ever, ever let me forget who I was before You found me. Let me be a light that others flock to. Help me to lead others to You because You are the ONLY answer. Thank you for guiding me. In Jesus Name…. Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Giovanna Gomez has been married to Hubert for almost 25 years and they have been citizens of Life Assembly since 2004. They are parents to Andrew and Rachel, whom they homeschooled from kindergarten all the way through high school graduation. Giovanna enjoys flower gardening and hiking. She is looking forward to more college classes and continuing the awesome adventure.
“Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act.” –Dr. Seuss