What Really Matters…?

Dwelling over the question that haunts every man and woman at some point in the course of their lives, I cannot help but think of all of the people that have given explanations to what really matters.

 Kid Cudi said that being real is what matters. Dustin Kensrue sang that it is a hard headed woman. Christ told his people that it is relationship with the Father. My grandmother told me, when I was a child, that following your heart and remembering family is what counts.

Who is right? Who has it all figured out? Who knows what really matters?

Maybe what is vital is the struggle with the question. Maybe what counts is the moment in time in which you find yourself; in college, in your late teens or early twenties, searching for something substantial, whether that is Christ or something else.

Could it be that what is significant is the choice to find out what is significant in your life? Maybe what really matters isn’t the answer to the question, because the answer has already been answered. Perhaps what really matters is the struggle, wrestling with the question. For it’s in the brawling people truly find what it is that’s important.

As followers of Jesus, Christians adhere to this liberation that Christ offers, from a sinful condition and from a life of separation from the Most High. Paul has written, in Romans 8, that the only “boundary” before us, the boundary for who we choose to be or what we choose to do, is our pursuit of Him. If this is the case, then what is important? If our only boundary is the pursuit of Christ, the quest of becoming Christ-like, what is actually relevant in this life? We are all intelligent enough to understand that it is not the clothes, money, cars or whatever is popping into our heads as reading this. I wonder, however, if we are intelligent enough to realize it is not the level of education one attains, or the type of descriptive language that one uses. The fact of the matter is, if pursuing Jesus is our only boundary, then everything else that matters, whatever it may be, hinges on that pursuit. Perhaps the answer could be, whatever really matters to us is what matters as long as that which matters is bound in that pursuit.

 

Campus Celebrates Fall

The fall festivities have begun, and this weekend, one of the most anticipated events will finally be here.

This Saturday from 5 p.m. until 12 a.m. the annual Hayride/Fall Festival will be held at Camp Toccoa, right down the road from school. All students are invited to this event.

The night will begin with a Hayride that will pick students up at designated locations around campus. At the end of the ride, students will be dropped off in front of the Student Center by 8 p.m. At this time, there will be vans shuttling students to -and-fro Camp Toccoa for the rest of the festivities. You must ride a shuttle over to the camp; there will be no on-sight parking.

“My favorite part about the Fall Festival is the pumpkin carving competition,” said Social Life Director for SGA Stephen Henriques. But on top of that, there will be a corn-hole tournament, face painting, pumpkin painting and a best costume award. All students are encouraged to come dressed in their most unique costumes, not only those who have been tagged for tag week. Last year’s winner, Willis Norman, won the competition; he was dressed as a tree with Christmas lights, and proceeded to plug himself into a wall to light up.

Free food will also be present, which is always a plus. Hot-dogs, burgers and pumpkin pie will be provided all night, along with hot apple cider. But, if that isn’t enough to get you interested, there will also be ingredients for making s’mores over the camp fire.

Henriques said that the Fall Festival is always a good kick-off event to the fall season, where students can get a break from classes and enjoy the fellowship of their peers. Not to mention, “Hayrides are fun!” he added.

Friday at the Falls

Campus preview, during the spring, is a highly known event for TFC because of prospective students visiting the campus. This past Thursday and Friday, however, TFC held Friday at the Falls, where office of Admissions organized another time when students can tour the school.  

Prospective students toured the campus, trying to figure out if this school is where they felt called to pursue their extended and undergrad studies. The dorms opened their doors for to prospective students, as well as to parents in order to check out the campus atmosphere. During the event, though, there were also plenty of activities to entertain the visitors. They took part in marshmallow roasting, campus tours, special chapels, and sitting-in on classes. There was even financial aid seminars for parents.

One reason for Friday at the Falls is because most high school students make their undergraduate school decision by December or early January. Another reason, however, is that TFC is hoping Friday at the Falls will give the school a competing chance at fixing its low enrollment rate.  Although a high success rate is needed, big activities won’t necessarily get the job done.  Enrolled students need to spend time with the prospective students in the dorm and show them what campus life is really like.

The beauty of lattes and colors

Sitting on the sunny porch of the Big A coffee shop, I feel a chill in the breeze. I look around me and see bright oranges and yellows and deep reds instead of the usual spring greens. The world around me is slowly approaching the death of winter, but in the process, is becoming more brilliant than ever.

There’s something deeply beautiful about that.

In this short transition season, we enjoy the vivid colors of the trees, cool weather, and warm pumpkin pie latte,s and we don’t even think about the death in all of it.

I think that’s what makes this season my favorite. It’s not the apple cider and butternut squash—it’s the hopeful paradox of beauty and death.

The flowers and trees know that the death of winter is coming, but instead of solemnly creeping along in their existence until then, they burst into vivid glory and live their last days in brilliance.

In these last days of nature, I am surrounded by the call to live vibrantly through the times in my life that feel like they’re approaching a sort of death. My walks to class remind me that God makes my life colorful and breathtaking even when all I can see is lifelessness and all I can feel is coldness.

Through this season, I’m learning that these darker times in my life are the perfectly crafted moments where He chooses to make my life colorful and comforting—if only I decide to notice it.

This fall may you see all of God’s brilliant colors around you.

Don’t miss all the fall events going on around campus and in the community!

  • Hayride/ Fall Festival- Oct. 29th
  • Mystery Dinner Theater- Oct. 29th 8:00 p.m., Gate Cottage
  • Trunk or Treat- TBA
  • Harvest Festival in Toccoa- Nov. 6-7th
  • “And Then There Were None”- Nov. 7-8th

Students Ready for a Break

“No school!” replied senior Jessica Beadles, when asked what she was most looking forward to about Fall Break.

It may only be two extra days off, but that is two less days that students have to go to classes and they are not complaining.

With only a brief break, some students don’t get the privilege of going home, because home is more than just a few hours away. There are, however, some lucky students who do.

Beadles’ home is in Milledgeville, GA, only a few hours drive from the school. She plans on going home to spend time with her family over the break and enjoy sleeping in.

“I’m ready just to get off campus for a while,” Beadles added.

Others have a little father to travel, but are making it well worth the distance. Senior Vannessa O’Steen found a cheap plane ticket to fly her home to Orlando, Florida for a few days. On top of seeing her family and hometown friends, O’Steen will be spending one of her days off at Sea World’s new water park “Aquatica.”

“I’m also excited for Florida weather again,” she said.

Some student athletes like Dustin Howell, don’t have much of a choice where they go this weekend. He said the soccer team will travel to Tennessee twice over the break; however, after his recent injury to his ankle, Howell said he is just looking forward to being able to play with the team again.

Regardless of where the weekend will take them, all students are anxious for Fall Break in one way or another. Having no classes seem reason enough for most.