Staying Rooted in Christ

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As a child, my mother often told me, “Be in the world, not of the world.” I’ve carried this phrase with me throughout all seasons of my life. During my younger years and while attending school, I was surrounded by like-minded people, so this was easier to achieve. After graduating from college, I found it challenging to live this way, especially while working in one of the most powerful buildings in the world.

My current position as Director of Communications in the United States Congress has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. As part of my job, I have had the opportunity to write speeches read by influential leaders, speak to the media regularly about our office’s agenda, and meet foreign dignitaries.

Even though working in this setting is highly rewarding and fulfilling, it also has its challenges, particularly when it comes to being “in the world, not of the world”. The environment can often be cold and cutthroat but staying rooted in Christ and remembering that I am called to be a light in darkness gives me strength and perseverance. The practices I do to remain rooted in Christ include regularly reading the Bible, building a godly community, and spending time in prayer and meditation. This has allowed Christ’s peace and love to fill me up and overflow into my work and interactions.

I think back to an interaction I had in the office with a former intern who did not know Jesus very well. Upon finishing her internship, she expressed how much she appreciated the way I carried myself and interacted with others. She noticed that I was “different” from those around me. She informed me that this influence was so strong that she too wanted to know Jesus. Since then, she has been on fire for the Lord and has been experiencing the love and fulfillment that comes from a relationship with Him.

Colossians 2:6-7 says it best “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Let us remain faithful to Christ and in communion with Him, rooted in Him and strengthened in our faith. Let us also remember to keep shining our light in darkness.

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