In preparing for the end of the semester and all that entails, I thought a blessing would only be fitting.
Study in peace.
Blessed are those without Netflix subscriptions, for they will have time to inherit the earth.
Blessed are the remaining Chapel goers, for they will see God.
Let’s be honest, at this point in the semester, you are still going to Chapel because you either need credits or really love it, and I sincerely hope it is the latter. Despite how you feel now, alumni say it’s one of the things they miss most. In Student Life, we will continue to do all we can to make Chapel a great experience where you have a chance to connect with God and each other. But we need your help! In the midst of your busy schedule, please take time fill out the Chapel survey that was emailed to you on Monday. (It’s worth two credits.)
Blessed are those in the friend zone, for they can focus solely on exams.
Blessed are those already mourning their GPA, for they will be called children of God.
Grades are important to be sure, but you are more than your grades (good or bad). If you define yourself by GPA and have a bad exam or even a bad semester, it’s not just a disappointment, it’s an identity crisis. Instead, try to keep some perspective and live according to the truth that your worth is based on your identity as God’s beloved child.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they will enjoy Whataburger (anytime).
Blessed are those willing to serve during spring break, for they will be blessed.
Believe it or not, it’s almost time to make spring break plans. New opportunities to partner with alumni and local churches to serve others during spring break are happening in Dallas, Houston, Denver and the Bronx. Contact the Center for Christian Service and Leadership for more information or to learn how to start your own trip to an alternative locale.
Blessed are the faculty, for they have grading to do (and are just as tired as you are).
Blessed are the students, for they will be comforted.
In nine short days, the semester will end. I pray that you have a blessed and restful break and come back in January ready to experience all the great things God has in store for you here and beyond.
Chris Riley is the vice president of Student Life.