The Senate's New Years Message

Johanna Benjamins | Student Senate

The end of January: The time of year when all of our well-meant New Year’s resolutions fade into oblivion and more realistic mindsets take their place. With the rush and pressure of attaining personal goals and scholarly deadlines, it’s easy to forget the reason why we are attaining them in the first place — to put God at the center of everything we do.

For me, the healthy perspective gained from time set aside to spend with God was the perfect reminder of why we are doing what we do, and that no matter what goals and plans we may have, God is working through them. When I committed to doing my devotions more frequently, God sent me Ephesians 2: 21 and 22 as a reminder of his resolution for my life:

“21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

I think these verses also apply to my work with Student Senate. Like you, we as a group are always striving to learn, improve and grow, and there is no better time than New Years to evaluate the goals we set for ourselves and our plan for the future. We are SO excited for the goals and plans we have for the coming semester — Winter Retreat, Student Senate Election, and Spring Formal, to name a few.

Senators may be motivated by the work experience they gain, the fun they have, or even by the satisfaction of knowing that they are providing a service for their community, but even with all of these plans before me and my fellow Senators, I realized that these events are not Student Senate’s primary goal. Student Senate’s hope for this semester is that we may be facilitators of Christian community throughout all of the events coming in 2016. May the blessings of Ephesians 2 inspire your work in the community as much as it has inspired mine.