Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 26, 2012

Joel Fuchs

Senior, Biology Major

Acts 8:26-40
Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
Jn 6:44-51

The Spirit said to Philip,"Go and join up with that chariot." Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,"Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied,"How can I, unless someone instructs me?" - Acts 8: 29-31

In this passage, we see Philip being led by the Holy Sprit to teach the story of Christ to an Ethiopian passerby who doesn’t understand the scriptures he is reading. It is a quick story that shows the importance of openness, specifically when it comes to differing views on faith.

After reading this passage, I had quite a strong connection to it. I’m often at a point in my life where I feel like the Ethiopian man, reading words from scripture but not understanding the real meaning. I often describe my faith as having peaks and valleys, and the peaks often arise (for lack of a better word) when I feel like I am not connecting to God or not working towards his Kingdom. While these points in my life are inherently the most difficult, I’ve discovered that being open to others and their thoughts on faith is often quite rewarding. It gives me that extra kick to get back on the path towards God.

My senior year at Creighton, I spent every Monday leading a freshman bible study group. The bible study was full of some of the brightest people, and I often felt that I got more from them then they got from me. They were from all different denominations, and it was so refreshing to see each and every one of them building their faith off of the ideas of one another. I took so much from these meetings, and I learned how important it is to open your heart and mind to others around you; after all, we are all on a similar journey.

Lastly, (and perhaps another example of finding faith from others) I will mention a wonderful story I will never forget. While in Glenwood Springs, CO with friends this past spring break, we moseyed into a coffee shop where a little indie band was playing. One of the band members was describing the inspiration for one of their songs. There was a homeless man whom they had met in Nashville. He only had one arm and had obviously had a very rough life. He told the band members that he had died once, and was walking towards the bright light. When resuscitated, he later described his experience saying, “this life is like a playpen compared to what is next.” What a touching story of another’s faith coming right out of the blue. I think the analogy of our life here on earth as a mere playpen is so beautiful. The moral of the story: be open because you never know who or what will enhance your faith.

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