Have you ever had a moment in your life that changed everything? A moment that redefined everything that happened before and after it? Before I graduated, after I graduated. Before I got married, after I got married. Before I became a parent, after I became a parent. For most people, life events such as graduation, marriage, and having children mark those significant life-changing moments. As for me, I’ve graduated, I’ve gotten married, I’ve had children. And those events have been very significant and life-changing. But for me, there’s one thing I did, one decision I made, that’s marked me more than any other moment. Global Outreach Development International’s Summer Internship Program.
Without a doubt, nothing has affected the course of my life like summer internship. Why? Because, for the first time in my life, I was taught the word. And the word, when received, is life-altering. Learning God’s word gave me the opportunity to have vocation. And vocation is what human beings long for. Something to give their lives purpose and meaning. The majority of people look to location or occupation to give them such. If I could just live where I want to live, if I could just have the job I want to have, then I would be happy. But without vocation, location and occupation aren’t satisfying.
I promise you, until you learn God’s word and align your life’s agenda with God’s, you will not find what you’re looking for. Summer internship can offer you just that. It did for me. It has for others. Though not many, because not many want to pay the price to let God, not culture, teach them. I won’t lie, it’s a humbling, and often humiliating process, to subject yourself to an education that the world can’t teach you. But it’s worth it. It’s the only thing that’s worth it. If you let it, it will cause you too to talk about your life in terms of before internship, after internship. And you will have no regrets about that.
There is nothing more worthwhile than picking up God’s agenda. Want to know what it is? Want to see for yourself the context in which it’s best carried out? Come on summer internship. The world is waiting for you to respond to God. Please don’t try to meet the world’s needs without learning the word. I guarantee you won’t do it right. There are lots of people trying. A lot of people want to help. But God has a certain way, and other ways don’t work. Take the time now to learn God’s way this summer. Don’t waste another year thinking you can do well without it. Let God inform your practice. Let God inform your life.