Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 8, 2011

Hunter Allen

Freshman, Business Management Ethics Major,
Pre-Med Track

Acts 20:28-38
Ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab
Jn 17:11b-19

"As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world."-John 17:18

Do you ever feel like you are at the wrong place, at the wrong time?  Of course you have; we all feel that way sometimes, but I’m asking about the big picture: has the question ever arisen, “Why am I on this earth?”

I cannot speak on behalf of everyone, but I certainly can on behalf of myself.  For me, that question is present; it has been in the past, and will most likely be the same in the future.  Is that a bad thing?  The nature of the question may lead us to think that it is.  But in all honesty, it is a sound, valid question that we need to contemplate in our daily lives.

A sad but true fact is that this world we live in is not as constantly beautiful as we wish it were.  It is filled with lust, hatred, violence, greed, and any other act associated with the devaluing of God’s creation; I cannot turn on the evening news without seeing some mention of murder, acts of terrorism, etc.  But as sad as the world is, it is just as promising and glorious.  And the glory lies within you and me.

Perhaps the hardest of challenges that are placed on our shoulders the instant we call ourselves Christians is the challenge of choosing God in public.  For example, I always say a prayer of blessing prior to eating a meal in the comfort of my dorm room or one of the dining halls on campus.  But at the very same time, when out with a group of friends at a restaurant, my prayer life becomes rusty at best.  It’s as if I am afraid to ‘show myself’ in its deepest sense to the rest of the world.  Yet, I am wearing a cross necklace around my neck!  Cowardly?  You got it.

This world we live in is one that places high emphasis on interaction: our connections with others and the world itself.  While this can be seen as a nice utopia, the phrase “too much of a good thing can be a bad thing” could not be more appropriate.  We, in my opinion, over evaluate our connections to the extent that our basis of being human is dependent solely on our standings in society, compared to those of our fellow brothers and sisters.  We have ventured away from demonstrating a level of love…we have instead become every man and woman for themselves.

The solution?  If we truly carry the cross as we claim we do, then it is inevitable for us to show the world our faith.  Our purpose on this earth is simply not our purpose, but rather God’s.  It is highly difficult to live a life of faith, but that is what faith is.  I pledge to make Jesus more visible in my life: in what I say, in what I think, and what I do.  I invite you to join me and, more importantly, to join Christ.

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