|Photo circa April 2012, our pre-married selves 😉|
One of my favorite parts about college was the fact you were basically dumped into community. You went to class with people, ate with them in the cafeteria, and shared a huge building to live in together. Especially at a small school like mine, you couldn’t help but be immersed in life with those people.
The best part about that for me was all the “dates” I’d have with my friends throughout the week – lunch with Brandy, dinner with Mosby, roommate dates with Kelly, etc. The “dates” never ended. For me, college was a time of really intentional relationships during a period of time I was desperate to figure out who I was. (I am still doing that, by the way.)
Lunch with Brandy was absolutely one of those weekly standards for me – and here’s where the Diet Coke comes in. The girl loves Diet Coke, as did I, and one day while we were chatting over lunch, one of us jokingly called it “fuel for life.”
Now every time I see or drink Diet Coke, I always think “Fuel for Life” and then of course remember Brandy. We called it that because not only did we love drinking it, but sometimes it felt like legitimate “fuel for life” while studying for finals, finalizing papers, staying up way too late with friends, just making it through the day, etc.
But the best part about all of this is that Brandy and I are still friends, even though she lives in Delaware, I live in New Hampshire and we met in school in Tennessee. We have the occasional FaceTime date, but we primarily stay in touch through our blogs! Which is why I’m excited to share a sliver of her with you today in this post.
While we joked that Diet Coke was our “fuel for life,” if we’re honest, we substitute a lot of things into our lives that take the place of Jesus – our true “fuel for life.” Yes, I’m going there. He fuels our lives, which means he fuels our marriages, blogs, ministries, work ethic, attitude, desire to take action in serving others, and our online presence. He fuels all of us. As much as we often pretend – our spouses, praise from others, coffee, exercise, studying the Bible, food, etc. are not what fuels us. They simply can’t. Jesus is the only one who fuels us because he bridged the gap we could never cover ourselves, he gives us new life through his death and in all of these things, he sustains us.
He bridged the gap we couldn’t cover ourselves.
He gives us new life through his death.
In all things, He sustains us.
You know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. – Deuteronomy 8:3
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:4-5
Did you experience that kind of community in college? What do you tend to replace Jesus as your “fuel for life” – coffee, friends, approval, your spouse, your parents, grades, success at work, etc?