The Sun Rises on Life at ACU

The night before I left for college, Carole-Marie and I watched the sunset.
Together, we sat there watching the sun go down in Memorial Park, Sugar Land.
And down it went as I sat there in Sugar Land.

College is really good for a person. Because by your senior year you get to feeling like you’re on top of the world. Because, at the time, you are on top of your world. But college is so refreshing, because here I am at the bottom again. A gentle reminder that I’m not all that great. A gentle reminder that I’m not top stuff. A reminder that I’m another simple member of society. Not in a demeaning sense, but in a humbling sense.

In this short week, I’ve realized how young I really am. How young I still am. When you’re on the top of your world it’s easy to get the idea that you’re much older and more mature than you really are. Reality is sinking in and I see that I’d been getting ahead of myself. It’s not wrong to think of the future. After all, when I’m driving I look at the road ahead of me. It would be foolish and even dangerous not to. But, living in the future and getting ahead of oneself may not be the wisest thing to do. I have a tendency to do this. I think it’s roots are in a lack of faith. I get to planning the future because I want to be in control of it rather than my trusting God with it.

I love ACU because of it’s focus on God. Already, this week, I’ve felt my faith growing. I’ve felt my love for Christ growing. Being in an environment like this, you can’t help but grow closer to God. Being surrounded by others who love God and hold the same core values as me is so reassuring of God’s power.

I love ACU because of it’s focus on God. Academics are obviously an important part of college. For many it is the very purpose of college. But, ACU sees things differently. ACU is concerned with one’s academics, but is much much more concerned with one’s spirituality; much much more concerned with one’s relationship to the Creator of everything.

This morning I went to a sunrise devotional.
I sat there watching the ascending sun, singing with other students.
As it came up we worshiped the Lord with voiced raised in Abilene.

4 thoughts on “The Sun Rises on Life at ACU

  1. Wow Drew, that was amazing. And though I was tearing up inside, somehow I managed not to cry while reading it. Maybe that’s a sign that I’m maturing too. Because college isn’t just good for you, its good for me too. Like you said, “reality is sinking in…” But though you have a tendency to think about the future, thus getting ahead of yourself, I have a tendency to think about the past, thus getting stuck in “what was”. You said that “living in the future and getting ahead of oneself may not be the wisest thing to do.” Change that to “living in the past and getting stuck in ‘what was’ may not be the wisest thing to do” and you describe me. Its hard to let go of such an important, all-encompassing part of my life, that of raising and molding my children. But faith in God will help keep me from feeling too down and out while at the same time keep you from feeling too high and mighty.

    Looks like we are both growing as we look to God for guidance. We have the same “compass” to guide us; we are just going down two different paths as He leads us.

    I couldn’t be prouder of you. I trust that there are so many blessings that God has in store for you. Keep looking to Him.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs,

    Mom

    Psalm 32:8
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

  2. P.S. Did you take that picture? Its beautiful!! Could you send me all the pictures you took? I’d sure like to have some of you around the ACU campus!! :)

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