Archive for January, 2011

Much needed winter rest

It is good to be home. It is good to be reminded 0f where I’ve been and to reflect on what I’ve learned and experienced in New York this past semester.  It is good to be affirmed and encouraged in so many ways through conversations with friends and family back at home.

I have been working on internship applications. One in particular, the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, has a long list of application materials: resume, transcripts, 5-10 pg writing sample, 4 500-600 word essays, 3 letters of recommendation. I have been working on the essays all break. They have taken a long time. But now I am done, and after reading through them for one last time before submitting them, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of what I wrote. They cull many bits of reflection over the years and also provide a good summary of where I stand now with one semester of law school under my belt. Some of this will be familiar to my close friends, since what I share in person becomes good fodder for written reflection (and vice versa). I am putting all this work into reflecting and writing about my journey to an application committee I have never met before; why not share it with my friends who read my blog that they may be blessed?

What is your life-purpose or life-task? What burning desire has God placed on your heart to do for Him in this life? How does this desire affect you now, and how will it affect you in the future?

My father’s life verse is Matthew 6:33. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” On every birthday card and new Bible I received as I graduated from each level of education, this verse accompanied his words of encouragement. In the last few years—through college, through full-time post-college employment, and through the law school admission process—God has demonstrated the truth in Jesus’ words. Truly, I have seen that if we seek God first in all our endeavors, everything else will fall into place. Matthew 6:33 has now become my own life verse.

My life purpose is to seek the kingdom of God in every part of my life, most especially my vocation. In the many years I have spent in the vocation of full-time student, my spiritual maturation has consisted of learning to consider how I may make the most of my time as a student by seeking out opportunities to share the gospel, whether in outright presentation or through faithful witness. The temptation for many of us within the body of Christ in this society is to submit to an inertia that seeks to domesticate and suppress any sense of kingdom purpose in our work. Whether I am leading Bible studies or delivering sermons to youth at church or sitting in an office filing papers in secular employment, my burning desire is to make God’s glory known to the people around me and to see the meaningfulness and purposefulness that God instills even in the mundane.

Perhaps I may find myself on track to a career in human rights or a job in which I pursue justice for the oppressed. Or perhaps my work may not directly involve “helping” people. Perhaps God will lead me to a company or organization fraught with greed, pride, and heartless ambition. Though the work itself may be grueling and burdensome, there is much opportunity to be the aroma of Christ in the workplace, for God needs His people everywhere to be salt and light for His kingdom. Regardless of what God has called me to in the current season of my life, my vision is to do it all for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). In the little things and in the “in-between” moments of life, I wish to have an inextinguishable joy in working and interacting with the people around me—the joy of salvation found only in Christ (Psalm 51:12). I want to serve the Church with the knowledge and financial resources I gain from my vocation.  I want to steward the influence and respect I earn within my community to draw others to the hope of the gospel.

Law school is more than a step toward a job. Law school is a chance to get involved in a new city, a new circle of friends, friends who will challenge me, stretch me, and friends God has entrusted to me in order that I might share with them the good news of Christ.