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June 16, 2010

Session 3 | Day 4

As I left for Summit three days ago, I was in a very unproductive mood. But on the way here, I began thinking about how I viewed fellow Christians and how I viewed myself, concluding with disappointment, even hatred, toward myself for being so unequipped for college.

I was only recently introduced to different worldviews by my youth pastor back in Texas, but this was just the tip of the iceberg, judging by what I’ve already learned here at Summit. Yet my desire to know more continued to lay dormant, and if ever I sought for any truth, my efforts always fell short, with no one to fault but myself.  Five-Hour Energy drinks may give you energy, but they won’t cure your laziness.

Now, after being at Summit for only three days, I feel like I have lived here for three months (perhaps my brain correlates the amount I’ve learned with a semester of high school). Though my church at home has provided glimpses of truthful, godly living, I’ve realized that these seemingly unattainable standards cannot be reached through two hours of listening to watered-down speaking each week.

Something that has been tugging at my heart lately is the study of controversial issues, which the majority of Christians choose to ignore, usually for selfish reasons, like preference.  For example, I may like to read Jane Austen, and though she was a great observer of human behavior, if she is all I read, what have I done for my time’s issues if all I can present to others is an educated look at the Regency Era? Additionally, I may not be interested in certain issues because of my distaste for them, but if I desire to be an advocate of truth, reading about the most radical or obscene things happening in the world and in the minds of people today could very well strengthen my defenses of the Savior in whom my heart and mind are confident.

Lately, I’ve become accustomed to reading a work and consequently desiring to know the author personally so that I can see his or her long narrative at work.  And here at Summit, we are among great authors, eloquent speakers, and ultimate communicators as they live out their beliefs. These teachers want us to give our everything, just as Christ does.  In Sunday school it may by optional to know your Bible, but for seven-day Christians, knowledge of the Word is indispensable. Intense?  Maybe, but is this really too much to do for a Savior that gave everything for you?

These are things I am learning personally. Here at Summit we’re being questioned, challenged, and taken out of our comfort zones. They’re teaching us in the most effective way possible, and it’s something that should not end when these two weeks are over.

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