Changing one life at a time

Over the last couple of months, as I have prepared to serve as a Campus Missionary Intern this school year, God has been teaching me a lot about myself and the mission He has called me to. For someone my age I look at the world I live in and see so many big issues but I also see God moving in big ways.

I was sitting thinking yesterday about how I am moving away from my family and the close friends I have been blessed with while in college in order to serve at a new campus in a new town. As I began to think about the life that I am leaving behind, I was reminded of what my pastor said last Sunday. I will probably never cure cancer or solve world hunger, but I can help change one person's life at a time. The life that God has called me to this next year is one of serving others, meeting people where they are and building relationships.

1 Corinthians 9:19 states that "though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more." This verse correctly depicts what my life should look like and how I will serve the college students I surround myself with this next year. It is all worth it if one persons life is changed.

Over the past couple of years I have had the opportunity to "live life" along side students at Tarleton State University and serve on the BSM leadership team. My position on the lead team was freshman girls outreach and small group leader. This opportunity became so much more than a position on a leadership team, God used my experiences at Tarleton to point me toward being a campus missionary and showing my true passion for women's ministry.

The most important thing I have learned about my generation is the fact that most students will say they are christian without ever knowing what that really means. They see being a christian as religion and the truth is, being a christian is so much more than knowing the right answers and going to church on Sundays, it is having a deep meaningful relationship with their best friend and savior Jesus and to follow Him each day trusting in Him.

I have already had the pleasure of contacting several incoming students and current students at Tyler Junior College, where I will be serving this year. It has been so encouraging to hear how they are doing and what their hearts are for what God is doing in their lives as we head into this next school year.

I did not plan on being a campus missionary when I graduated, I intended to get a job in my field of study and use it to build relationships and witness to those around me. However, God had something else in mind. Many things had to fall into place in order for me to serve this next year and I am excited to see what God has in store.

I so look forward to the women's small group I will be leading and the one-on-one discipleship meetings that God is already setting into place. Headed into this position I know I will have to be more flexible than ever before and lean on God as I grow and learn. I am so blessed to be headed into the next ten months to live the life God has set before me.

By Lauren Cartwright, Go Now Missions Campus Ministry Intern at Tyler Junior College.

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