Monday, December 12, 2011

Like Music to My Ears...

An exciting first Bison game with a great group!
Not only did I get to witness the Bison beat the Lehigh Mountain Hawks this past Saturday but on Sunday I attended Handel's Messiah, performed by some extremely talented musicians and choir students at NDSU. I've never really gone to this kind of thing before, but I can attest to the fact that it might be one of my new favorites, which is kind of funny, because just the night before a group of us girls were talking about what our "dream dates" would be (yeah yeah, I know, dating fast, but, whatever!) and seeing an orchestra and choir perform did not cross my mind in the slightest. However, after broadening my horizons on Sunday I would certainly be excited to go and do this again.

Anywho, while enjoying the sweet sounds of Kuhnau's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah as they caressed my eardrums, I got to thinking... 

What does the Bison winning a football game have to do with Handel's Messiah? Does it really matter? Hmmm...

Something that has really blown me away for roughly the last year and a half (and some of you may know this) is the interdependence (definition: being mutually reliant on each other) of not only our families, not only Christians, not only our society, but the entire world that we live in! Seriously, sometimes when I go to different sporting events, Mass, the grocery store or even just get into conversations that I understand nothing about (this usually includes with engineers, mathematicians, philosophers and musicians) I just have to sit back and ponder the incredible body of Christ, and how we all do have a role in it. There is not one person on this earth who does not have an important role (I apologize for the double negative), whether they believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ or have no faith in God whatsoever, each person plays a vital role.

Holy smokes!! And that double exclaimed statement is not an over-exaggeration--just think about it: We all have oodles of different talents, specialties and things that make us "tick," and for what reason? I instantly think of  1Corinthians 12:14-26, talking about being different parts of the body, yet how all are necessary. I thought of all the different fans at the Bison game on Saturday, and then the seemingly different crowd at the orchestral performance on Sunday and all of the participants. Not only the players and coaches in Saturday's game or the performers and conductor in Sunday's concert were what made those shows spectacular--there were tons of other people on the sidelines, the Gold Star Marching Band, people in the score booths, techies taking care of lights and sound, etc. All of these people were necessary in order for the spectators to enjoy what they saw, not a person was left out and it's just really neat.

NDSU FOCUS team says you should love Jesus. Convincing?
In essence, the transition from being amongst tons of fans to an older--and I'd dare say more sophisticated--crowd on the next day was an awesome experience and semi rocked my world.

Also, in other great news our goal at NDSU for the end of this school year is to have 89 students in discipleship. The semester technically isn't over yet, but certainly on its last legs, and the student missionaries are still sharing the Gospel and asking people into discipleship as they take their final exams! There are already 16 new student missionaries in discipleship this semester alone, making our 89 goal extremely attainable before next semester even begins! Holy spiritual multiplication!

Talk about the harvest being abundant (Luke 10:2)... man alive.

Only a few days left until I hit the road for Wisco! Ma and Pa Kaufman, here I come!

Kelsey Marie

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