1 Corinthians 13:12
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Seeing Life Clearly
by Sutton Houser
The Christian faith uniquely calls us to operate with great hope and faith. In this current season of life, we remember that calling. This year reminds us that this world is difficult to navigate. In 1 Corinthians 13:12, Paul compares the challenge to see life clearly to an individual looking into a mirror. The traditional mirrors of ancient Corinth were often crafted out of bronze. Unfortunately, the cloudiness of the bronze prevents perfect clarity. Paul uses this analogy to describe his struggle. He is bound to gaze through a cloudy mirror, a barrier, prohibiting the clarity of face-to-face interactions.
We now find ourselves in an incredibly similar situation, stuck gazing into a cloudy reflection of this life. This barrier prevents us from the community we seek, the perfect community found only in Christ.
Thankfully, Paul does not leave us to struggle and despair. Instead, he guides us as Christ does to a better truth. With great expectancy, we can look forward to a day when the cloudy barrier is gone. We will find ourselves face to face with the Maker of the Universe. This great truth lies before us.
It is in 1 Corinthians 13:12 that I find hope and renewed energy in what lies ahead of me this year. My role in the university is to represent the student body, a job that is a challenge in a normal year; however, I find myself in a year marked by a global pandemic, social unrest and a contentious election. Many of our students are hurting as the pressures of this year burden their hearts and minds. How can I best lead students through this? This question continually calls upon me to make decisions through a murky mirror.
Today I am reminded that our God uses us, grows us, and shapes us through these difficult times. He uses leaders to help the hurting. It is with great hope and faith I get to look upon this year as an opportunity to point others to Christ. One day every barrier will be removed. Then, we will see the glory of God. Since I know that day is coming, I get to work today.
Learn More About Our Guest Writer
Sutton Houser is the 2020-2021 Student Body President for Baylor University. Mr. Houser is a senior, double major in Entrepreneurship and International Business. In his time in Student Government, he has been both Sophomore Class President and Director of Affordability. Mr. Houser is instrumental in the implementation of new initiatives such as: the Sic Hunger Food Drive, the Custodian Banquet, and the Student Care and Wellness Fund. In this time of crisis, Mr. Houser's goals for this year include promoting student health, advocating for equality of all students on Baylor's campus, and increasing communication with the student body.
Listen in on a Baylor Connections podcast with Student Body President Sutton Houser as he shares details about the duties and responsibilities of student body presidents and what it means to be a voice for students.