Blogs - Student Conferences - Colorado
June 08, 2012
Friday, June 8 (Session 2, Day 6)
This morning at Summit, I woke up early and went for a walk in the revitalizing Colorado morning air, surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. After spending time in God’s beautiful creation, I was refreshed and ready to learn, excited to see what God wanted to teach me. Today’s lectures ended up being even more meaningful than anticipated.
Not a single hand went up; in this morning’s classroom of 180 students, speaker Eric Smith asked us if we had spent as much time as we would have liked reading the Bible this week. I looked at the students around me–each one seemed to be thinking something similar to the thoughts filling my mind. I would love to say I had spent hours every day studying God’s word. After all, He gave it to us for this very purpose.
Why? Why, in a room filled with students willing to learn about God for two weeks, have we failed to spend enough time in the Word? We certainly have spent enough time taking in the wisdom of the speakers, developing new Christian friendships, and praying in small groups together.
Eric Smith asked us to give reasons as to why we thought this had happened. We turned to the people next to us and discussed the question for a few minutes. The following are some of the excuses offered: need more sleep, so many activities in the morning and evening, procrastination, just plain inconvenient, too busy, media, distracting girls, don’t know where to start reading, or it just seems irrelevant to our lives. When written on our classroom whiteboard, we began to see how silly these all excuses sound. What should be more important to our everyday routines than studying the words of our Creator, Savior, and Heavenly Father?
This is a crucial time in our lives to spend time studying. We should be absorbing all the information possible. But keep in mind, our motivation to read the Bible should not be to simply make God happy. He wants us to actually BE righteous, not just read about it.
Today I was reminded of the importance of diving into the scripture, pressing to unlock truths. I was encouraged to get to know my God better and to help others do the same. It is something we should habitually choose to do. In shaping a Christian worldview, Eric Smith reminded us that one of the most important parts is immersion in scripture.
This is one of my favorite parts of Summit Ministries. The past few days I have learned new things, but I have also seen the value in strengthening Christian habits that have become all too absent in my life. I have a renewed desire to know my God even better and to spend time looking at entire letters and books of the Bible, really studying them, instead of simply reading.
Today was challenging, but good. It’s exciting to see how God is working in me through my time at Summit. I’m ready to continue growing spiritually and can’t wait for tomorrow!