I have had opportunity in recent months to be powerfully reminded of the value of having trusted friends and allies to walk alongside you through life’s highs and lows – to see the body of Christ in action in a beautiful and humbling way. We are designed for relationship, and for community. It isn’t an original Taylor Swift thought that two is better than one – we see that clearly through scripture and in particular in Ecclesiastes (4:9-12). For me, having confidants alongside to listen, to encourage, to challenge, to laugh with, to cry with, and to pray with … this has been such a vital part of keeping things in perspective and keeping my eyes on Christ.
So I ask you – who are you travelling with in your study journey this year? Who are forming the other strands in your learning-journey rope? Can I encourage you to seek out others to partner with in your studies and to commit to walking alongside, to encourage, to talk through ideas together, to hold each other accountable (especially to getting those assessments in on time!! 😊).
Whether you are studying on campus, or are a regional student – find others to come alongside and partner with in this manner. A fellow student, a close friend, one of the student support team?! Let’s commit to looking out for one another – to loving each other – to praying for each other. Don’t try and do it alone!
Ēhara tāku toa i te toa takatahi, engari he toa takitini.
Our strength is not made from us alone, but made from many.