Giving Thanks

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” Ps. 57: 9,10

Often in campus ministry it’s very easy to be consumed with the mentality that the glass is half empty. We wonder why students seem to disappear from our large group as the semester winds down. We can get frustrated at the seeming lack of commitment from folks on our ministry team who at the beginning of the year said they were all in. All of this worry, frustration and anxiety can overwhelm us and pull us into the mire of depression and gloom. At times like this it’s important that we step back and remember that God is indeed at work, especially in difficulty. As we enter the Thanksgiving season with our family and friends it’s appropriate to give the Lord thanks for all that he is doing…the good and the bad. Here are some snapshots of thanks from my life and the ministry of RUF at Maryland:

-I’m thankful for the Lord’s healing grace as I have been slowly getting better from my GERD (acid reflux issues) and allowed to expand my food list. Praise God for excellent medical care, my family and your prayers which have sustained me.
-I’m thankful for how God has used this illness to encourage me to reflect on my life, my repentance from sin and seek his face more diligently.
-I’m thankful for how God has brought in several new freshmen who are excited about our ministry, serving with RUF and have been coming to all of our events.
- I’m thankful for our five small group Bible studies which have been growing students in the gospel and are being used as instruments to help train and grow leaders for the future of His church. We continue to have new people come to these.
-I’m thankful for our Large Group meetings and the many students who serve to make it happen: for countless hours of service as the music and worship team practice and lead students to glorify Jesus, for student MC’s helping take us through the night with welcome, ice breakers, announcements, for a student who week in and week out does all of our computer power point work, students who set up and tear down the sound equipment.
-I’m thankful for my two interns Kristy and Logan Lowder and their gospel centeredness and strong connections with students meeting one on one and with me for planning and prayer.
-I’m thankful for unbelievers in our ministry who love RUF and continue to come and hear the gospel of grace…pray for several students from the Atheist club who have come to our Reason for God small group.
-I’m thankful for God bringing students to me under the conviction of sin due to their struggle with internet pornography. Pray for them to see the beauty of Jesus as more glorious and compelling to worship and follow than the image they see on the screen.
-I’m thankful for the organization of Reformed University Fellowhsip – my committee who prays and encourages me and my Area Coordinator David Green who helps me continually analyze and understand what it takes to grow a ministry year in and year out.
-I’m thankful that as a 49 year old God allows me to continue to connect with students 30 years younger than me!!

Chris Garriott, Campus Minister at Maryland
November 25, 2013 • 610-691-0988 • 631 Fourth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018