Time to Rest

Five weeks into the semester and the number on everyone’s mind is three:
Three days stand between Hope students and a long awaited Fall Break.

It’s that time of the school year when papers are due, group projects are in progress, and work is piling up. I know I find it too easy to get off track from where I should be focused and let my time be consumed by work, mindless distraction, and sleep.

This week, like many others during my two years here at Hope, I had a friendly little reminder of where my mind and heart should find rest. This reminder came in the form of a question from one of my housemates. She asked if there was a reason I had stopped going to Chapel. She knows I enjoy it and this was something she felt Jesus putting on her heart to talk about with me.

I didn’t have a good answer for her and I had never had a good answer for myself. I just convinced myself I needed to spend the time elsewhere. Thankfully, I have friends that are willing to chime in and shine a light on my excuses.

Ultimately, none of this school work means anything if I do not focus on my calling to be a disciple of Christ. Hope provides the opportunities to dig in and grow in our spiritual lives as we buckle down and expand our academic knowledge. I’ll never come up with an answer good enough to justify not taking advantage of these gifts.

Philippians verse on wall surrounded by pictures.
Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. Philippians 4:6

As we head into this break, I am reminded that when life gets busy, two days off may not be all we need. Rather, a friendly reminder of where our hearts should be fixed and our motivation should rise might be in order. In Christ, we do not need to worry – whatever we are doing here stems from our relationship with Him.

Thanks for reading,

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Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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