MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
OCTOBER 4, 2015
Certain events in human history stand out in bold relief against all others. They are defining moments that summarize the essence of an entire age such as the Reformation of the 16h Century, the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 or even the acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001. When we reflect on days gone by, we also think of many people who have shaped their communities,, their countries, and their churches. Some such as Augustine, Aquinas, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Moody, Graham, and others have influenced the entire world and the generations that followed.
It is unlikely that history will record many of our names or the events in our lives in the same way. Yet when we look around the campuses of hundreds of Christian college and university campuses day in and day out, we see people making a difference. Faculty and staff daily make a difference pouring themselves into the lives of students. Faculty and staff challenge students to develop spiritually, think critically, lead effectively, and serve globally. They are making a difference!
Students leave their campuses every week to be involved in a variety of student ministries and service projects with churches, parachurch organizations, and community groups. Many students give of their summers to serve on mission teams around the world. They are making a difference!
Board members give of their time, their talents, and their treasures to advance the missions of their respective institutions of Christ-centered higher education. They do so without remuneration or need for reward. They do so because they care. They are making a difference!
There are many others who often go before us in order that students can be prepared for world service. They are the parents, alumni, churches, businesses, foundations, and friends who make Christian higher education possible. They are the people who pray faithfully and give generously. They are making a difference!
Johann Sebastian Bach inscribed on every piece of music the words: "Soli Deo Gloria!" "To God be the glory!" It is the motivation that encourages us to make a difference in all that we think, all that we say, and all that we do. I thank God for those who are making a difference in the lives of our students who are making a difference in the church, the community, and the world.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Larry j. McKinney
Higher Education Consultant