A high school senior from Good Shepherd shared her application essay to a national Christian college. You’ll see how Good Shepherd language has deeply shaped her Christian identity:
My personal faith and beliefs will contribute to [the college’s] mission because of the foundation of the church I was raised in. For as long as I can remember, my church has had the mission statement of “inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Since I have grown up hearing that, it has always been in the back of my brain. During school, work, church, and even while grocery shopping, I have had this short, but powerful line in my head. When I was younger, I never really understood what it meant, because with me being raised in church, almost everyone around me had already known what it meant to have a relationship with him.
So, I always wondered, “How can I invite all these people around me if they already know what it means?” I began to meditate on that simple line and think about what it really meant. It specifically says “all people.” Not good people, not bad people, not old people, not young people, but “all people.” I started to be more involved at the places I frequent the most. I became a student leader in my youth group, which has now enabled me to cultivate my leadership skills and become a seventh grade girls co-LifeGroup leader.
I lead worship in my youth group band, and show people my age that it’s okay to shout praises to the One that deserves it. I am on the leadership team at the barn where I ride horses, where I am able to teach kids ages six through seventeen not only how to ride horses, but what it means to know and love God wholeheartedly. I have been blessed with so many opportunities where God has allowed me to lead others around me to Him, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
We don’t do a lot of things; we do a few.
We don’t have multiple missions; we have one.
We don’t pepper you with sayings; we have this one and we use it repeatedly.
Words make worlds.