Finding God on Gannon’s Campus

We have cell phones. We have talents, wonderful and unique. We have friends, possessions, the luxury of receiving a higher level of education and maybe a car.

However, sometimes, it feels as if the only thing we don’t have is time.

Speaking for myself, I never seem to have enough time in the day.

Hopefully this isn’t the case for you throughout the week, but occasionally I find myself running to class or constantly being late to a meeting or an obligation.

For those of you who share my pain, it can be very frustrating, right?

Once you are in the mindset of accepting your tardiness and become complacent with it, it can be a really hard habit to break.

It especially doesn’t help when you have a packed day with classes and a ton of studying to do as the semester winds down.

While this is an exhausting – and exciting – time of year, it’s important that you don’t completely drain yourself. Keep in mind that you need to take the time for yourself.

That includes taking time to have free time. Yet, it can be helpful and even therapeutic to remember God during this time off.

I am definitely conscious of the fact that we take time for football on the weekend and we find time to eat and catch up with friends. but do we take the time to catch up with God?

Do we seek him out in the environment around us?

For example, if we notice that the sun is shining off of the new-fallen snow, do we take a moment to appreciate the beauty of it?

If your response to this question is that you absolutely loathe the snow and you don’t see any beauty in it, then to counter that I would suggest watching the snow fall outside from inside a warm building.

Anyway, it’s small acts such as that — and also sending a quick shout-out to God for giving you shelter and warmth — that we can make time for, because they are simple.

I am a believer in the power of little things.

I really want to mention one of my favorite quotes to you. It’s by Norton Juster, the author of “The Phantom Tollbooth,” my favorite book as a kid.

“Time is a gift, a gift given to you, given to you to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life.”

As we go through our college careers, keep in mind that as each day passes, you never get that day back.

Each day should prepare you for the next.

Time is so valuable and precious. Spend your time wisely.

Of course, I can’t forget Thanksgiving! It is almost here.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your family, friends and loved ones over the holiday.

My prayer for the break is that you travel safely home and wherever you go and that you will be truly thankful for that time apart from Gannon.

 

NATHAN DEMAREST

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