I don’t know if I’ve talked about it before in my blog, but I never had Christian community until I came to Tufts. At least not like this. I never had people my age who were followers of Christ, so TCF was definitely a different experience for me. I saw what it looked like to live out my faith through my friends. I saw what it looked like to be intentional about my faith in everything I did. They were tangible representations of Christ’s love for me.
TCF-Tufts Christian Fellowship-is a special community. I don’t know how else to describe it. Our purposes are bigger than just us. We don’t have to figure out everything on our own because someone much bigger than us is guiding our path. When it comes to ‘leadership positions’, it’s not for the sake of our resumes but to bring His kingdom to Tufts. To be used by God because we love Him. I remember one TCF leader meeting when I was super moved by how we concluded our meeting. I was reminded of despite how much and how long we try to evaluate where the fellowship is going and what our goals are, we submit to the all-knowing God in prayer. That’s not how normal groups end meetings.
As I’m here during the summer, I realize how Tufts just isn’t the same for me without TCF. I mean, yes, there are a lot of people here, but it’s just not the same vibe. I’m sure summer small group would have helped, but I have class during that time…anyways, it’s easy to just throw out that acronym a lot, but TCF is more than just a name. It’s the body of Christ. We’re children of light on this campus. We have a big responsibility…to be His tools as we love Him more and invite others to experience that love with us.
I am so happy to say that so many of you have helped me understand how immense and deep Christ’s love is for me. A love that is for the whole human race. When you treat me to something when I totally don’t deserve it, I understand grace a bit more. When you forgive me for how I’ve hurt you, I understand forgiveness a bit more. When you encourage me and give me hope again in the darkness, I understand hope a bit more. When you love me, I understand His love a bit more.
Now that’s what I wanted to get at. Love. It is such a powerful force, and it can overcome so many barriers in our lives. In relationships. That’s the basis of my faith. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8 . There are so many verses about His love, but I’m sure you understand what I’m getting at.
I’m so encouraged though to see how much everyone wants to see TCF grow. It’s not a perfect community and there are many things that could change. However, I think that just shows how much people care and love this community. Enough to accept that it isn’t perfect. What we can do as we go into our next few years at Tufts is be united in our effort. Communication is key. And of course, to follow the Bible: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”- Colossians 3:14. Communication. Trust. Vulnerability. Unity. LOVE.
I’m so thankful for each of my brothers and sisters and for the special community that is the body of Christ at Tufts. It always brings a smile to my face. (like the Chris Tomlin song below…heehee)
At Tufts, there is love.