As I looked at colleges, I came across one on the internet. As soon as I saw their website I knew it was the one. My GPA was a little below the average they accepted, but my SATS were way above. I only applied to one school.
Like it is for all freshman, college was a new start for me. I could be who I wanted to be. I could do what I wanted to do. Coming from a small city where my family had been making the newspaper, it was refreshing.
New books, new friends, and “New Life.” I was involved in several campus ministries in college, but New Life was where I grew spiritually. I learned. I absorbed. I worshiped. I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I prayed. I read. I studied. I was back to my first love.
I remember reading my Bible like I couldn’t get enough. I devoured pages, chapters, and books. I spoke in tongues. I prophesied. I interpreted. I was forever changed.
How I would love to return to that first love time with the wisdom I have now. I was enamored and all encompassed, but I was inexperienced and lacked wisdom. I lacked resolve.
Can you remember a time when you hungered for everything the Lord had for you? When you sought and found him in His Holiness.
How effective would we be if we could combine the wisdom of experience with the passion of a first love?
Here's what I'm saying: Ask and you'll get; Seek and you'll find; Knock and the door will open.
Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
I see what you've done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can't stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out. But you walked away from your first love-why? What's going on with you, anyway?