In high school I was told going to a secular university would destroy my faith; the only way to pursue a “Christian Life” was to attend a private, Christian college.
In two short years of classes at The Ohio State University, this statement has been proven false time and time again. This secular university has shown to be one of the biggest factors in me placing my faith in Christ.
Because of the opportunities I have been presented with by my campus church and the unrelenting love of God, my life has been radically transformed. I have seen God redeem my past struggles with alcohol and drugs from high school and use them to strengthen my relationship with Him. I have seen God show me unimaginable affection through moments of intense anxiety. I have seen God intervene in the negative path my life was taking. I have seen my life, and the lives of others changed through faith in Jesus.
And it has been incredible.
My secular university has privileged me to have experiences like no other. The diversity on this campus amazes me day to day. The opportunities for advancement seem unending. The staff and faculty here genuinely care for the students. And my secular university has given me the chance to know my Savior, and to know Him intimately.
When coming to Ohio State, I did not know what to expect from it. I wasn’t sure how I would handle the idea of being at a party school or how I was going to survive starting out in an honors engineering program. I had no clue how college would be, but I am beyond grateful that I chose OSU.
When secularity seems to be all we see, it is so hard to embrace spirituality. But God calls us to be bold in the truth of the Gospel, to share all that He has commanded of us, and to boast in Christ. And that is what I aim to do.
Lord, I pray that though we endure challenges daily and we fear how others perceive our relationship with you that we can have faith to proclaim your Word. I pray that you would break down these barriers that we face and that you would instill in us courage and boldness. Thank you for this school. Thank you for the people who you have placed in my life. Thank you for the ability to worship you openly. Thank you for saving me. In your name I pray. Amen.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16: 13.