HOPE is a Person.

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Today is a quiet day on campus. Students have returned home to celebrate Christmas with family and loved ones, and faculty and staff are tying up loose ends so they too can enjoy time with the people they love. As I walk through campus, I am overwhelmingly reminded how the presence of God is moving here in incredible ways.

I see Jesus daily through administrators, coaches, student athletes, support staff, faculty and everyone else I have the pleasure of working with on a daily basis. Thank you for your generosity, smiles, prayers, thoughtfulness and for being bold enough to be the person God has created in you! The people God has gathered here is a beautiful picture of a true, caring and selfless family.

This Christmas, I want us to be reminded that HOPE is a PERSON. Within our familiarity of the Christmas story, it is easy to gaze over the wonder and glory of Jesus. Jesus came to dethrone anything that was begging for worship. While we may be tempted to think that other things bring us joy, peace and good news; there is only one that is truly worthy of our worship. JESUS ALONE. It is Jesus who brings real joy, real peace and real good news. Everything else will fade away, but Jesus will remain forever.

As C.S. Lewis says,
“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from himself, because there is no such thing.”

Often times, as athletes, we tend to find our identity so wrapped up in our sport. We think positive performance will bring joy, and success will satisfy the longings of our heart.  In the video below, senior Dalton Keck reminds each one of us the truth of what God says about who we are.

God has given us so many incredible things, and I pray that we will continue to worship HIM, the giver of all such opportunities and relationships. I pray as we move into 2016, that each one of us would receive a clearer picture of Jesus, causing us to live the mission of God, every day of our lives.

You are loved! Merry Christmas from the entire Spiritual Formation team!!

Post Written by:

Christopher Klotz


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