But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:26-27 (NIV)
I had to make a very difficult decision tonight. I have had a situation with a professor in which I believe that I have been deeply wronged, and I know that I have every right to pursue the means to make this professor's life miserable and get what I deserve. But I was reminded today by a wise friend of how Jesus had every right to fight for his right to live, but He laid down His life willingly so that everyone might have the chance to truly live. And so I decided to be like Christ and to lay everything down at God's feet: the credits, the tuition money, the need to take an extra course in my final semester, the delay of my convocation on my B.A., the stress. I cannot, however, even begin to compare this decision to Jesus' decision to die on the cross. What I have experienced is such a tiny glimpse of that action, and although it is meaningful to me, it is only meaningful because it has allowed me to experience Christ in my life. I know from the peace that I have that I have made the correct decision, and I can only pray that others would see Christ working through me as I move forward. Soli Deo Gloria.