Elizabeth Smedley

Summit Student Conference Elizabeth Smedley 2014 TennesseeFor me, 6 a.m. is way too early to be up. Back home I’m up at around 8 or 8:30 a.m., but here that’s about when classes get started. Breakfast is at 7:15 a.m., so if you want time to get ready you’ve got to get up early. Needless to say, today I wasn’t at my best for the first session, but in spite of that, my attention didn’t stray from our speaker’s lecture. I find that even though I’m in sessions for 5-6 hours every day, the speakers’ talks never seem dull or too long. Still, it’s good to get a break, even when you lose track of time and have to sprint to class – chugging your first frappuccino ever and not knowing whether to be disgusted or delighted.

We’ve had several fantastic speakers so far this week. What struck me most from today’s sessions, though, was something I realized during Dr. Brown’s lecture on the postmodern worldview. He said the attitude of living in the now can’t last long. When he said this, I realized that my generation is going to be the one to catch people when Postmodernism fails.

That moment was, in a way, representative of my time thus far at Summit.

I’ve been here merely two days and already feel closer to God, closer to my calling, and closer to a real understanding of the faith I’ve dealt with my whole life.

So though I may be battered from Adventureball, tired from too little sleep, and staggering under the weight of new knowledge and ideas, I feel that I have gotten my money’s worth, and far more than that. I have begun to feel God’s fingerprints on my life; that is a gift that cannot be bought or sold and will stay with me forever.