The week prior to our trip to England, Rachel and I had our intensive, weeklong class with Tim Donachie. The Humanities in England and Scotland course was designed to expose us to the history, art, architecture, and literature of England and Scotland that illustrate the main themes and patterns of Western civilization. We read works such as Macbeth by Shakespeare, Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott, and A History of Scotland by J.D. Mackie. This class was very beneficial and really helped me appreciate our trip to London even more than I would have without it.
This was a very busy week, as we had lectures all day and then a church service every night. Mission Week was a week focused on inviting people into the church from the community, and all the sermons focused on some aspect of the Resurrection. If you’ve been reading the Semester In Scotland blogs just because you maybe think “Rachel is a great writer and very insightful,” and “What crazy thing is Nicki going to say next” or “Scotland sounds exciting, maybe I should read about it”…well those are all valid reasons for reading our blogs, but ultimately, none of that is the point.
If I am honest, I struggled to sit down and write this blog post; I just did not want to do it this week. What is the point? Well conviction soon hit me like a wall. The point of this blog is the same point as my entire life: Love Jesus and share His love with other people. Folks, if you don’t know Jesus as the Savior of your life, if you don’t know what Resurrection I am talking about, I would really encourage you to start reading through the Bible, seek out someone in your life who is a Christian and ask them the hard questions that you may have (I would be more than willing to have a conversation with anyone reading this post about why I have the hope that I have in Jesus Christ).
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Even if you are a Christian reading this, I challenge you to consider what it is that you want your life to be about, and chase after that with passion and single-mindedness. God has given you a life, and you can work in that life to achieve what God wants you to achieve. Jesus changes everything. Being a Christian does not make life easier, but for me, it makes life worth living.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6