Every week, I’m reminded that I’m so privileged that Biola brings speakers to campus who speak truth into my life. This is why I want to share an awesome experience I had attending Afterdark, one of 9 different chapels offered throughout the week at Biola.

Two weeks ago, the guest speaker was Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige who is the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at Calvin College.

Dr. Loyd-Paige focused on Revelations 7:9, “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.” She spoke on what it means to have true unity as the body of Christ. We live in a world that is so diverse and rich in cultures, making it essential to have a broad understanding of what true unity looks like in the midst of the gift of diversity.

These are subjects I’m very passionate about understanding. Throughout her whole speech, I couldn't stop asking myself questions like: Am I being truly aware of what’s around me? Am I seeking justice? Am I being intentional about the people I encounter every day? We are the body of Christ, and as God’s children, we need to learn how to practice true unity. So, how can we accomplish that goal? By building a strong community. However, this would require us to lean into our differences, so we can learn about each other and truly live out the powerful concept of unity.

It is important to understand that Christ created us all with differences, not to separate us, but to draw us together to listen to one another. Listening, allows us to learn more about God by the way he is working through others, allowing us to get a better picture of who Christ is and why he created us.

Having speakers like Dr. Loyd-Paige come to campus makes me appreciate my time at Biola. Biola intentionally cares about their students, not just academically but also spiritually. Every week, I’m getting the opportunity to learn from people who are so wise and have so much knowledge to share.

Until next time,

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