This past academic year was one that brought many changes to my life. I started my first year of college where I made the big move from Texas to the beautiful cold Michigan to study at Andrews University. Aside from adjusting to new people, classes, and the cold, I was also living in the dorm with 300 other college girls. One thing about Andrews that I loved was I met people from all over the U.S. and even from other countries. It was an eye opener to different cultures, styles, and personalities that I had yet to encounter. That being said living in the dorm brought its challenges as some of these different cultures and personalities are living in the same building and are now my new neighbors. Some of these neighbors may have been a bit more difficult to click with than others.
Throughout life there is no doubt we will encounter people who we just don’t click with. I think it's safe to say Jesus didn’t click with some people while he walked this Earth, but even then, he still shows love to every single person. His sacrifice on the cross is just one beautiful example of this. Looking towards John 13: 34-35 Jesus leaves us with a new command. A command to love one another just as he has loved us. He explains that it is through showing love to our neighbor that others will recognize that we are his disciples.
I would be lying if I said it was easy for me to show love to every person I encountered. There are some I’m still working on. One important thing that I did learn in my adventures of college and living in the dorm is that regardless of my personal feelings towards a person it is important to co-exist in a friendly manner. I may not be a happy camper towards the girls being rowdy nearby, but that doesn’t mean I should be any less friendly towards them. I am firm believer of do to others as you would like done to you. I also think that is something lots of people say, but don’t always follow through with (I myself am not perfect with it). Even so we must keep striving to make improvements. Whether it be at work, school, church, or even the grocery store we must find ways to love our neighbors as not only is it commanded to us, but as James 2:8 says, “If you really keep the royal law found in scripture, “Love you neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
Elizabeth Cisneros is a sophomore at Andrews University studying Speech Pathology.