If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to yourself as a CFNI student, what would it be?
Great question, Dustin. You’re rocking it. Your weekly questions have been phenomenal. I’ve been pondering this question since you posted it a few days back. My initial inclination was to look back at the time of my graduation with trepidation because I now know I’m about to embark upon a very difficult stretch that literally broke me. I’m almost tempted to share a warning of some sort that would lessen the blow; however, it could have an adverse affect that undermines the deep work wrought forth through the fiery crucible. It was certainly a trial by fire that made me the man that I am today.
My answer to your question is something I’ve thought about a number of times over the past year as I’ve engaged this group. The one thing that I would tell myself is this: Be more intentional in getting to know Dr. Belcher outside of the classroom.In hindsight, this is what I would tell the 25 year old CFNI student:1. Engage more with the content of Dr. Belcher’s classroom teachings and assigned readings in the courses that he taught. Go deeper. Ask questions from a heart posture that is seeking hard after God.2. Find creative means to serve and bless him. He probably could have used an extra set of hands at time on the job that required him to wear many hats.3. Once I was no longer single, but married prior to my second year at CFNI, invite him and his wife over for a meal at our apartment in Dayspring. This would’ve been the perfect setting to fellowship over a meal together. My wife is amazing when it comes to hospitality due to her Polish roots.4. Lastly, find means to invite Dr. Belcher to minister at various places where we lived after graduating from CFNI in order to allow him to flourish outside of his normal routine as he blesses even more lives through his teaching.That is definitely the advice that I would tell myself if I could go back in time. Thanks again, Dustin!