Dear LeTourneau Student,
I would like to take a moment to share with you my vision for the student body this year and to hopefully encourage you. LeTourneau is comprised of a wonderfully diverse student body, with the diversity stretching far beyond ethnic origins. While diversity is exciting and healthy, living at peace with others can be a challenge no matter who you are. Over the course of this year my hope and prayer for the student body is that we would all live at peace with each other and thereby be a light to the surrounding community. Sounds simple at first, but in reality I think we all know this to be a challenging task at times.
How might we as a body approach the task of living at peace and in unity? I firmly believe that gaining perspective can aid greatly in achieving a more unified student body. Take Hebrews 4:14-16 for example:
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. 16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Jesus experienced every aspect of humanity so He could be an empathetic intercessor on our behalf. Should not those of us who claim to be followers of Christ follow his example in understanding each other better so that we may better pray and intercede for one another? In addition, I believe understanding the heritage of our great school is incredibly important. R.G. LeTourneau was a great man of God who founded the amazing university we are all blessed to attend. I encourage you to take time this year to read Mover of Men and Mountains in order to better understand the culture here at LeTourneau.
My fellow students, remember we are all individually loved and cared for by an almighty God who loves us beyond our comprehension. My final admonition is that you take the time this year to better understand what God loves so much about the people around you, and hopefully learn to love and respect them as a result.
God bless you all,
Student Body President