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September 06, 2011

Sunday, September 4th (Session 8, Day 7)

Sunday, September 4th  (Session 8, Day 7)

It was an odd thing, waking up to sunlight this morning. The peaceful silence and bright, cheery light streaming between the blinds brought me out of the rest we’ve all been craving. There was no booming, rafter-shaking music nor did anyone yell “WAKE UP SUMMIT!” at the top of their lungs.


It was also strange to walk out into a calm hallway. No girls were racing to the showers or scurrying to find makeup, shoes or Bibles. In fact, as I wandered downstairs in search of something to start my day, I could hear some impressive piano music coming from the nearly empty dining hall. There was even a rather decent rendition of The Sound of Music drifting through the halls.


While some students spent the morning ascending the part of God’s creation we know as Pike’s Peak, the rest of us slept in, caught up on laundry or reading, or explored the quaint, slightly hippie town of Manitou Springs. Wherever we were, I suspect that everyone had the past week on their minds.


No longer do I need the schedule to find my way around, but instead to remember who talked about which subject on what day. There is such a wide gamut of information, it almost seems impossible to keep up. I now know what people meant by the phrase “drinking from a fire hydrant.”


Despite all of the intense learning and incredible adventures we experience here, I would bet most (if not all) of us have been changed. Even if we can’t recall the exact lecture we heard or what statistic was given, I believe we will all come away with knowledge (and maybe some relationships) that will stay with us the rest of our lives.


From different worldviews to leadership to homosexuality, those are but a few of the topics we have covered. I never thought that a little blue binder could be so valuable, but I can’t wait to review all the notes that were taken as we opened our ears to the men before us. The vast array of emotions that pervaded the group was quite amazing.


One portion of a lecture might leave one feeling very depressed and wondering if any effort is even worth it. Within a matter of minutes, one might feel as though we can take on the world together, through our various God-given talents. No one knows what the future will hold, but just looking around at the people I’ve been with for the past week, I’m pretty confident that with the information provided and God’s assistance, the world will see great things accomplished.


It’s hard to believe that one week has passed us already, but as Dr. Jeff Myers told us, Summit isn’t just two weeks of a Christian academic camp. It’s the start of our lives of which the faculty, staff and students will be a part. I can’t speak for anyone else, but if they’re at all like me, then Summit will have been one of the best experiences of their lives.



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