by Jayvon Johnson, Staff Writer

As the days draw close to the end of the semester, I begin to remember the time I was reflecting on beginning this journey here. Last year around this time I was sitting in a place that never fit me. I was running from a purpose that would shoot me into the next level of my destiny. My feet were sinking while my spirit was rediscovering “the voice”. As confident as I was about my commitment to the location I was, “the voice” brought me back to reality and I was faced with making the decision to leave. 

Abram was given a promise, one that would launch the purpose and destiny for those to come. “The LORD had said to Abram, Leave your native country, your relatives, and your fathers family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:1-2).” Can you do it? Are you willing to walk in faith when God says move? There was something greater on the other side of my uncertainty. Like Abram I had reservations, yet I heard “the voice” as clear as day.

Many of us aren’t here at Wake Forest just because of our own desires, there is a calling here. A voice far louder and more powerful than our own. Let’s be honest for others this opportunity is just another degree, another academic achievement. We wrestle with issues here that are a reflection of the outside world. Daily we meet those issues in our classes, the walls of the school, and the offices of administration. Despite these issues, I keep remembering what God promised me. Abram became Abraham after his full commitment. I feel my name changing here. We should we growing here, expanding our mind, getting closer to making the promises of “the voice” more concrete. Let your name be changed and listen for “the voice”.