Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What I Learned On Campus

My first lecture of the year, in the first-establish department at the first US land grant college (Michigan State University) left a lasting impression.  I didn't know:
  • Vitamins are water and fat soluble;
  • Vitamin K is for blood clotting;
  • Vitamin D prevents rickets;
  • Cows and people need vitamins for the same reasons;
  • We need regular supplies of water soluble vitamins;
  • We can get by with irregular supplies of fat soluble vitamins.
I am forever changed by the lecturer, Martin Carasquillo-Mangual.  Martin is pursuing a vision to see all peoples of the world know, worship and grow (KWaG) as disciples of Jesus Christ.

A disciple is learner and the best way to learn is to teach.  As a campus minister,  I baptized him in Jesus's name, but in his lecture he immersed me in a deeper understanding of discipleship.  

Attending Martin's lecture, I quickly became his student.

I learned more about his commitment to Christ, family and vocation by visiting the classroom.  I saw how our one-on-one relationship as fathers, husbands and professionals reaches more students, more effectively, than my single efforts.  I relearned the need for humility in following Jesus by sitting at the feet of a student.

My first lecture of the semester was in Martin's class.  He talked about cows but he taught me about my Creator.  I am grateful for the way Martin is bringing me to know, worship and grow (KWaG) as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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