It’s that time of year again, the beginning of the fall semester. For those of us who minister to college students it is a time of excitement and dread. Excitement because of all that goes on with the start up of school: new students, high energy, new opportunities, new discoveries, football, etc… Dread because of the potential of failure. Maybe no one will be interested in our ministry. Maybe no one will show up for our Bible studies, maybe they will think I am an old fuddy-duddy… and want to go where the “cool” people are. And then I remember that this isn’t about me, it’s about Him. God loves college students and so do I. He desires for them to know Him and develop a close relationship with Him. I want to help that happen. So as long as I stay out of God’s way and keep things focused upon Jesus, all is good; no matter how many show up. God loves every single person and so do I. He took time for the individual. If just one person came, that would be enough.
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” Matthew 18:12-13 NIV. Every person matters; every last one.