Monthly Archives: November 2016

Reminding Our Souls of True Hope (Olivia Clement)

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Every day we come into contact with individuals who feel overwhelmed by their circumstances. Regardless of our impressions, many people are living in some sort of situation that troubles their heart and mind. Christians are no different. We too are familiar with feeling weary, unsettled, and eager to be relieved of difficult circumstances. As Christians, however, we know to turn to the Lord to look for hope.

Still, I have noticed a misunderstanding of hope among Christians. This misunderstood hope often points toward a future when God will remove the obstacle in our lives that is causing distress. We often hope that an illness will be healed or a class will become easier. God is certainly capable of transforming circumstances in our favor, but consider what happens if he does not. Will there still be hope? I believe there will be.

In Psalm 43 David is in the midst of a disquieting time as he openly calls out for God to deliver him. He feels the “oppression of his enemy,” yet he finds refuge in the God who brings great joy. In the final verse of Psalm 43, David tells his downcast soul, “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Notice how David reminds himself to hope in God, who is his salvation. He finds comfort by reminding his soul of who God is, not what God can do for him.

I believe that Christians must remind their souls to hope in God alone. God may not fix every heartbreaking hardship we encounter, but he is still good. True hope, then, is not dependent on the improvement of difficult circumstances; rather, true hope rests in the truth that God himself is our salvation and our only hope as we endure the struggles of this life.

Uniforms: A Blessing in Disguise (Anna Rebekah Richburg)

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Recently, as I was walking into the Altamont School for a sporting event still wearing my school uniform, I heard a female student say, “I’m so glad we don’t have to wear uniforms!” I just chuckled to myself. She had no idea how nice it actually is going to a school with a uniform requirement.

Uniforms are a blessing for many reasons. First, they minimize the opportunity for people to compare themselves to one another. By having uniforms, everyone wears the exact same thing so there is less focus on outward appearance. It relieves the pressure of always “looking good” or having to keep up with the latest trends. Also, wearing uniforms is helpful because it saves time in the mornings. I do not have to spend a long time trying to figure out what outfit to wear. Instead, I can throw on my uniform with little to no thought. Lastly, uniforms save money. The same uniforms rarely change so it can be worn several years in a row until they are outgrown. I don’t have to spend unnecessary money on the newest styles for school. Uniforms are the easiest and most conventional outfits to wear to school, and I for one am glad to have them.

Thesis Life (Camilla Lemons)

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Thesis. The much-dreaded assignment is a source of anxiety for Westminster students before they even reach the eleventh and twelfth grades, to say nothing of when it actually arrives. Throughout the writing career of a Westminster student, the thought of a thesis paper looms as a climactic point to display the product of the Westminster education. For juniors, the stakes are not as high when it comes to this project because it is something of a test-run for the following year. After many revisions to the way the thesis project has been structured, it now only occupies the first semester of the junior year. This change encourages students to stay on top of their work and not to procrastinate. As a great way to kick-off the thesis season, the junior class went to the Samford library on August 16. There students had the opportunity to pursue topics that interested them in order to craft a well-written thesis. Students were taught how to access Samford’s resources and were encouraged to return to the library throughout the writing process. The workday exposed students to a college campus, giving them not only a leg up on their thesis, but also an introduction on how college life will look.