I wasn’t thrilled to leave my friends and family, but the thought of returning to Liberty University this year as a Student Shepherd sparked an excitement in me which I haven’t had in awhile.  Because I was chosen for this leadership position, I returned to school a week early for special training. 

This incredible opportunity involves encouraging and guiding the other girls on my hall to grow stronger in their walks with the Lord. Shepherds are also responsible for keeping prayer leaders accountable. Our leadership team at Liberty is made up of Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, Student Shepherds, and Prayer Leaders. The Resident Directors and Assistants are in charge of residential life, including caring for and guiding the students on their hall. Student Shepherds and Prayer Leaders are over the spiritual life in the dorms. A Student Shepherd’s job is crucial to spiritual life on campus. I am honored to be chosen for such an important position.

Move in day gave me an opportunity to put into practice what I learned  in the leadership training.The GodSTOP moment came as I was helping on move in day. I realized how truly amazing it is for me to be chosen for this position. Not only did the higher leadership at my college choose me, but God chose me. Now, there have been times where I did not understand why God called me to fulfill this mission. I felt doubt as I was plagued by thoughts of inadequacy. Perhaps the devil even whispered, “You’re not strong enough.” But, as we trained, our leaders reminded us that we are not here by accident. These leaders prayed and sought out God’s will for these student positions. God placed me exactly where I am for a reason-to share my testimony and life with the girls on my hall; to encourage and pray for them in their daily walks. What an awesome opportunity!

Remember, God has placed us right where we are for His reasons. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil. We are good enough to accomplish the work God has ordained us to do. 

“Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.” Ecclesiastes 3:1


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