December 29

Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-17.

In his commentary on 1 Corinthians, Charles Campbell writes, “Ministry is a bold and risky adventure in which Christians build as faithfully as we can without fully knowing the quality of our work. Most of us wonder from time to time, ‘what if I’m wrong?’ ‘What if I do the wrong thing or speak the wrong word?’”*  

Coming back to campus after a pandemic has left me asking those questions on a daily basis. I wonder if I am building a ministry using gold and silver or hay and straw. I long for a master blueprint that will tell me what needs to be done to bring back the energy and vitality that we had before COVID. We all are languishing as we try to resume life as we knew it. 

Paul reminds us that the foundation has been laid in the foolish wisdom of our God who became flesh and lived among us. That foundation is God’s great love for us and for all people. Build on that – students’ worth is not measured by grades or by successful projects or internships. Our worth is being beloved children of God. That is a bold and risky message on a college campus. But in the end, that message is what will enable us to survive the fire of these difficult days.  


Holy and loving God, fill us with your Spirit that we might proclaim the bold and risky message of your great love for us. Amen.

Rev. Kathy Carpenter

Presbyterian Campus Minister

UKirk Ministry at Virginia Tech

* Campbell, Charles L. 1 Corinthians. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2018).

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