Thank You, Scripture, For Saving My Life

Thank You, Scripture, For Saving My Life

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John always got your back.
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“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

This Bible passage has been in my Twitter bio for over a year. It struck home with me during a time when I didn’t even know who I was as a person. Jesus is saying that if at times you don’t [hate] your friends, family, and even yourself you can’t be his follower. Essentially, He knows you aren’t going to love your life 100% of the time, and that’s okay.

As cheesy as it sounds, Jesus became my best friend.

When it seemed I had no one else to turn to, His words brought me to life. The more I read scripture, the more Jesus’ messages made sense. It’s was comforting to read stories that related to the struggles, and also achievements, that were occurring in my life.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life …” Matthew 6:21

It’s so easy to analyze how everyone else lives their life and fret over what I don’t like about my own. The moment I stopped worrying about everything that was so “detrimental” and started focusing on how to improve my own life, the happier I became.

Whenever I was in a bad mood, felt alone, or simply just didn’t want to deal with life, finding scripture that matched my emotions was a healing mechanism. I searched and found passages that pinpointed my exact thoughts. In a sense, reading stories that connected to what I was going through, gave me a sense of comfort– like I wasn’t alone.

People always say when you’re anxious, stressed, or just need a break, to sit with a good book. Making my go to read the Bible changed my life. It doesn’t matter how you’re feeling, scripture can comfort.

Jealous? Proverbs 14:30

Overwhelmed? Psalm 143:3

Anxious? Proverbs 11:25

Think life can’t possibly get any worse? Romans 8:14

Madly in love? 1 Corinthians 13:13

No matter how I’m feeling, knowing that the Lord is by my side just makes me feel warm inside.

It’s knowing that there is ALWAYS one person who will be there for you, and one place you can find happiness.

Even if you aren’t a very religious person, you’d be surprised just how relatable such an old book can be. If all else fails and scripture isn’t for you, just remember:

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20.
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If you haven't even had your first kiss, you really can't imagine what it's like to develop such a complex and intimate connection with someone because you have yet to feel the butterflies in your stomach from a kiss. So you really don't know what it's like to have a whole different type of feeling in your stomach.

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You never forget that. No matter how hard you try.

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I Wish GCU Cared About Faith As Much As They Cared About Basketball

Students at GCU come and go and it would be a shame if all they got was the hype of a basketball game instead of the hype of the Trinity.

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You see advertisements for them everywhere: Snap Chat, Instagram, posters around campus, billboards even, all telling you to go buy your HAVOCS pass or to make sure you secure your ticket for every single basketball game or for those in the surrounding community to get their season tickets. With countless of t-shirt, GCU swag, Purple Pre-Game Parties, Grand Canyon University spends a lot of time, energy, and money making sure their arena is filled for every single basketball game, but not Chapel.

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Why is there no advertising for Chapel, t-shirts giveaways, or any hype for the event that happens every single Monday? Is not praising the one who delivered us from eternal damnation, who gives us peace in the midst of the chaos, who gives us our identity, who created us, who gives us purpose, not worth the same amount, or even more hype than a basketball season that will always come and go? Is not sharing the good news of the Gospel more important than basketball?

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To be fair, this past semester, GCU has attempted to make Chapel more intriguing by having outstanding speakers come and talk to the students like Jodi and Friends, Scott MacIntyre, and so on. However, these guest speakers included more plugs for their mission organizations rather than plugs for how the miraculous power of Christ helped them in their journeys.

For a time that is supposed to be set aside to biblical teaching, plug-ins for organizations are not appropriate for the Chapel hour. Save it for another time GCU. Getting students in the door and teaching the true gospel message is more important than having extravagant guest speakers who are going to put more emphasis on their organization than sharing the good news of Christ in that allotted time.

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GCU needs to rethink in what areas may be overlooking the One above and focusing more on worldly things. Basketball comes and goes, guest speakers and organizations comes and goes, but more importantly, students at GCU come and go and it would be a shame that all they got was the hype of a basketball game instead of the hype of the Trinity.


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