My year of service is coming to a close at Rockhurst High School, in Kansas City, MO. Students and faculty are becoming more excited as spring is here and summer is just around the corner. School and extracurricular commitments still demand time and patience, even though we may be planning our summer breaks. The end is near for ASC volunteers in our community, but there is still a lot of work to be done and at times it is hard to push myself. Though, endurance is critical.
It is in my faith where I find rejuvenation. One particular passage from the New Testament allows me to be reflective on how important it is to be present in the moment, especially at the end of this year. Paul writes in Galatians 2:19-21, “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Paul confronts Cephas for not keeping faith in Christ but only abiding by the Law. Paul’s main point is to show Cephas that our daily routines are to be centered on our faith in Christ. When I reflect on my faith, I think to myself, “How am I living with Christ? Am I allowing Him to energize me? Is He existent at all times?”
As the year winds down, I hope all of us continue to allow Christ to be our motivation. I truly believe when Christ becomes our focus, then we are able to love and live genuinely. It’s been a great ASC year thus far!