Hello from New Orleans!
We’ve returned safely from orientation in New York and we’ve been taking the week to get to know the city before we begin work on Tuesday. I’ve been using this time to do some reflecting on our time at Stony Point. We had the privilege of hearing Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett speak a little bit, and honestly I felt like I couldn’t write fast enough when she was talking, everything she said was wise and impactful (see the title quote). A few things in particular stuck out to me, she spoke about how we in the YAV program, and the church in general, should strive to not be a “cosmetic Christian.” She urged us to go deeper, and embody the kind of Christianity we want to see.
One more quote that I will share with you all from Dr. Diane was: “it takes a moment to accept Christ, but a lifetime to become a Christian.” This really stuck with me because so often today we hear the idea of “the perfect Christian” when in reality, there is no such thing. So something I am focusing on this year is recognizing that I am going to make mistakes, but knowing that some of the best growth can come from those mistakes. I think we should all strive to be life-long learners and I can’t wait to see everything that New Orleans is going to teach me.