God has called me to serve college students. You’ll typically find me hanging out at the university cafe, the Newman Center, or high-fiving people around campus. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life — I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I’d love to share it with you. 🙂
What do you want me to do for you? They said to him, Lord, let our eyes be opened. And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him. Matthew 20:32-34 RSV
Blindness and sight. There is no better duality I can use to describe Christ s call, the call which reached into my heart and changed my life.
Born and raised Catholic, my parents gave me the greatest gift I could ever imagine, an environment close to the heart of Jesus. Yet despite this, I never truly knew Him. God was simply a figure on the fringe, a provider, but an abstract one. I was blind to the greatest of realities. Yet Christ was working miracles in my life. Again and again, again and again, God had pity and intervened in miraculous ways. He touched my eyes and drew me into the true reality of Him, His loving gaze, and His call for me.
When Christ first began to open my eyes to the reality that He had a plan for my life, I was terrified. I looked to myfuture, on one hand, with the carefully planned and targeted pursuits of my dreams. On the other, I saw the nebulous unknown of a God s will world. In this new sight, I tightened my grip on what I had made, to what I had planned, terrified that if I let go God would leave me destitute, hopes and desires shattered. But slowly, my eyes were opened further by His grace, His offering of love. I relaxed my vice grip, let go, fell, and landed in the arms of a loving Father. Yet this new vision was not just between creator and creation. With eyes nascent and weak, I saw many college students around me wounded and hurting. I saw them searching for that which Christ ached to give them. In giving me sight of Him, He allowed me to see others.
As the blind man followed Christ after being cured of an eternal night, I, too, am striving to follow the Lord. Christ has placed in my heart an ardent conviction that he has set before me specific souls to serve. He has called me on the adventure of bringing Himself to His children. But in joy, I do not have to labor alone. Will you join me? Will you walk with me into the lives of the lost?