July 22 2015

Polly’s Story

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10: 24-25

I heard Bible verses like this all the time growing up, but never fully understood them. I had very little knowledge of what community actually looked like. Through my teen years I was involved in my youth group, but there were few solid believers. Everyone was trying to figure out if God was more than just a “Sunday God.” Coming into college I knew I wanted to get involved with a Christian community, but I wasn’t sure which Christian community I wanted to be a part of. I tried a few different communities first semester, but ultimately ended up in Chi Alpha.

The first life group I ever attended was second semester freshman year. That life group was what led me to decide that I wanted to get solidly involved with Chi Alpha. I remember walking into a small room in Squires with 15 other freshman girls. Most of them had been involve since the beginning of the year, so naturally I felt like an outsider. I stayed quiet for most of the life group and left fairly soon after it was over. Before I even got to the steps to leave three girls from the life group ran to catch up with me and introduced themselves. They asked if they could walk back with me to my dorm. We walked and talked and they asked me questions about myself and genuinely listened and cared about my answers. Throughout the rest of the semester I got closer with the girls in my life group and they became my friends, my community and the people that I wanted to do life with. They truly spurred me on toward love and good deeds and growing closer to the Lord. Being a part of Chi Alpha has shown me what community should look like and I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today if the Lord had not led me to Chi Alpha.