Finding Faith @ NEXT
We are delighted to share some of the many sacred stories that happen at NEXT. What follows is the sacred story of one of our students who came to NEXT searching for a faith he could call his own…
Before I came to NEXT I was a simple person. I had good intentions and right actions, but I had never engaged with life enough to meet the possibility of pain, vulnerability and conflict.
When questions of faith arose within me, I often dismissed them by saying to myself, ‘Why do we have to think so much? Can’t we just read it in the bible, believe it and move on?’
I might have been dedicated and devoted, but to what exactly, I did not fully understand. I was highly unaware of the wider world, creation, beauty, current affairs and other issues. I lacked the depth to fully appreciate and engage with what is important; like my relationships with family and friends and ultimately with God, a depth I ultimately found through a year at NEXT.
One of my turning points at NEXT was coming to value silence and time alone. I’ve discovered that silence is not threatening, awkward or strange but it gives me time to stop, reflect and to inhabit parts of myself that are not instantly accessible.
As I approach the end of my first year at NEXT I thank God for revealing himself. I have developed a deep love for community and understand it to be absolutely vital for anyone to live life beneath the froth and foam of cultural or religious expectations. To live deeply is to share thoughts, feelings and experiences with others as we learn to see more of God and more of ourselves – this has been one of the main things I have loved about this year at NEXT.
My career choices were once a source of anxiety and stress but I have since become much more content. I have a peace about the future – a real peace – and despite the many unavoidable challenges it is sure to present I know I can endure and continue to grow through them as I have at NEXT. I have gained the resources to live a full life in deep places.
I don’t know where I’d be and who I’d be without community and fellow people to love and be loved by. I was thrown in the deep end and was initially shocked, but now I purposefully choose to live there.
For those of you seeking more of life, seeking to discover life in lost and forgotten places, afraid of asking questions or reaching the boundaries of a Christianity that has become to small … we would love to journey with you too.
NEXT Open Night
THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2019, 7PM
NEXT Open Night is your opportunity to find out what you need to know : what is NEXT, how does it work, and whether it is a good fit for you.
Location: Whitley College – 50 The Ave, Parkville
Check out: next.asn.au/open