Transformation with a Purpose
By Brad Lau

In his book Courage and Calling, Gordon Smith asks these poignant questions: "If I could only be one thing and do one thing with my life, what would I want it to be? What do I long for more than anything? What brings me joy?" A significant part of Christ-centered education is encouraging students to ask and begin to answer these and other key questions. I firmly believe that every student who comes to George Fox University has incredible potential to change the world within his or her sphere of influence. I also believe God has given each one unique gifts, abilities and passions that are waiting to find expression in their vocation and calling. Part of my prayer for each of your sons and daughters is that they will catch a vision for their lives that will enable them to serve others from a place of joy and gratitude.

When I look at the life of Christ, he lived with such a deep sense of purpose and intentionality in everything he did. Every parable he told, every person he healed, and every life he touched was significant and meaningful. This singleness of purpose and humble service was realized not just in the miraculous, but in the mundane as well. Seeing the "big picture" is critical to responding faithfully in the little things. I love to recount the story of a woman named Helen Keller who lost sight and hearing at a very young age. She was asked as an adult, "Ms. Keller, what could possibly be worse than being born blind?" to which she immediately replied, "to have sight, but no vision." I often think of this story when I interact with students. We want to partner with you as parents in encouraging a vision for their lives that is consistent with their gifts and pursues God’s best!

Gordon Smith summarizes some of his thoughts by saying, "Finally, the motivation for fulfilling our vocation always remains the same: to bring glory to the Creator and to serve the world out of love for Christ and for others. Ultimately, a vocation or call is a call to service; if we would be great, we are called to be servants." It is a wonderful privilege to work with students at George Fox University, and I continue to believe that this is a special place where genuine life change occurs on a regular basis and where members of our community genuinely care for one another.