Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BlogAbout Tuesday: Prayer & Football

It’s BlogAbout day again! This week’s topic is “Favorite Student Life Experience.”

When I started school, my mom encouraged me to dive into the social club world, but I honestly had no interest. There was a large group of missionary kids on campus at the time, and I greatly enjoyed their company. But for the most part, I stayed on the fringe of most groups and organizations and ended up with a rather diverse group of friends.

There were two elements of official student life organization, though, that were profoundly important to me. The first was the Christian Focus Week prayer team. Every year a group of us would get together to bathe the upcoming week in prayer, help plan the prayer breakfast, and come up with ideas for encouraging speakers and participants. Every morning during CFW, we would meet early to pray over the day. We would send out notes of encouragement each day. We did a lot of those little things that get done that sometimes aren’t even noticed but without which the rest of the week just wouldn’t have run quite as smoothly. We were a behind-the-scenes team. Very few people had any clue what we did, and many didn’t even know our team existed. I was always utterly exhausted at the end of Christian Focus Week, but it was one of the most perfect forms of exhaustion in existence – the exhaustion of a job well done and of seeing lives impacted because of my effort. It was only a few weeks out of each year, but those few weeks were a delight to me!

The second thing evolved out of my responsibilities as an RA in Frances-Crawford. I was supposed to bring my hall residents together in some form of activity. So, my former roommate, also an RA in Frances-Crawford, and I banded together and created an intramural flag football team. We were the FC2 Pygmies. We were the team that didn’t belong to a social club or organization, didn’t have much sports skill to speak of, and didn’t win a single game – at least not in football. But, I love the relationships that blossomed from forming that team and continue to this day. We continued to play various sports over the next couple of years, and I loved every minute of it. (We were especially good at floor hockey!) But, we had fun putting our all into the game and losing together!

For many of my friends, the mainstream, organized student organizations were a perfect blessing. But I can see how God used the slightly less typical involvements He laid before me to mold me into who I am today. And I’m thankful for each moment!

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