Please prepare for liftoff in 3…2…1…
The WSU Chi Alpha blog has officially launched!
We hope you are as excited about this new outlet as we are. The idea of this blog has been brewing in the hearts of many on the Media Team for quite some time now. The thrill of seeing this blog finally come to life is almost unbearable. For some of us anyway…
Now, you are probably wondering, “What is all of this excitement about? It’s just another blog.” Well, the heart and vision behind this blog and the ways we hope and pray that God will use it is what makes this so riveting. I want to take you on a quick tour of what we hope this blog will become and why we feel it is so important.
At the beginning of fall semester 2016, we came up with a description for the Chi Alpha media team: “A team of Chi Alpha students coming together to creatively use art, media and technology to be a conduit for a generation of students in need of a Savior.”
Little did we know that this would become our team’s mission statement and truly the heart behind the work we do. However, many of us on the team have found that it is incredibly easy to get caught up in the chaos of video editing, running a photo booth, designing posters, and so on. It’s easy to find yourself serving mindlessly in the midst of the hustle.
The question we often have to ask ourselves is, are we serving just to serve? Or even, are we serving just to make ourselves look better, to achieve, or to earn something?
Well, in Ephesians 2:8-10 it says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
As we just read, the bible says that serving alone is not enough. We can’t earn our way into heaven just by serving. On the other hand, the bible also says in the book of James that faith without works is dead. We are called to live out our faith through our actions. Therefore, our actions should communicate love, resulting in the service of others.
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” -1 Corinthians 13:1-3
We have found this to be so true. Without a heart for the lost students on our campus as the backbone of the work we produce, it all means nothing. If we are not reaching out to those on our campus who are lost and broken, and if we are not developing relationships with students, then a Facebook post is not effective, an Instagram photo is not appealing, a poster does not serve as a reminder, a video receives no response. It all becomes nothing but an annoyance to most. Without love, we’ve gotten nowhere.
This became a reality real quick for the media team because you become worn out when you are mindlessly serving, without motivation. It becomes serving as if you are just going through the motions.
It’s so easy to forget the reason we do the things we do. It is so easy to forget the “why” behind the “what”. We all need a mission statement. A statement that has both our mission and our desired outcome stated within it. Like a man named Peter in the bible, we need a “so that” statement.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, SO THAT in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” - 1 Peter 4:10-11
Peter expressed the mission that each person should carry out based on the call God has placed on his or her life. However, he doesn’t just end with that. Instead, he finishes with a “so that” statement, assuring that God receives all the glory as it is not by his own works but through Christ in him.
We want to set the tone for this blog by encouraging you, our readers and followers, to DISCOVER your passions in life. The things that ignite you. The things that make you come alive. The callings God has placed on your heart.
Additionally, we want this blog to INSPIRE you to pursue your passions and inspire others to find theirs. Inspiration can come in many shapes and sizes, but it can be as simple as sharing an encouraging word with someone. Our hope is that God will use this blog to speak life into you, and in return, you will speak life into others.
Overall, our prayer is that this blog will stir up something deep within your soul. That a testimony you read or a scripture reference made will resonate and ignite a flame within. We pray that you will consider pursuing a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father and that you will allow Him to move in your life; allowing Him to TRANSFORM your heart and the world around you.
The blog is going to be a compilation of writings submitted by the Chi Alpha staff, student leaders, alumni, supporters, media team members, and really anyone else that is a part of Chi Alpha in any way, shape, or form. The dream is that the Chi Alpha blog will include all of the following:
-Advice from alumni working in the marketplace
-Updates from missionaries serving abroad that we support
-Encouragement from the churches, families, and individuals that support our ministry
Our hope is that this will be a place for people to come together and share their stories of how God has worked or is currently working in their lives.
We want to encourage you to continue following our blog throughout the semester and to be encouraging your friends to do the same. Additionally, we would love it if YOU contributed a blog! If this is of interest to you, you can submit the blogs you write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: BLOG by “Your name” and then the title of the blog if you have one.
For various reasons, we want you to know there will be a screening process when you submit a blog. Certain individuals will be in charge of reading through the blogs and editing them before they are officially submitted. It isn’t likely that we will throw your work out entirely, but just know, beforehand, that there will be a screening process and we will work with you to make any changes as we feel necessary.
All in all, don’t let that discourage you from writing a blog. We all have a story to tell. A story that was written perfectly by our Creator. The story of Him working in and through us. A story that was meant to be shared.
“Don’t be ashamed of your story, it just might inspire someone.” – TOBYMAC
“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” - 1 Chronicles 16:8
Chi Alpha Media Team Leader
WSU Sophomore - Communications