One of the most important things I learned during first year and hope will help all of you is this: it is okay, in fact it is necessary, to spend time alone! The brotherhood and sisterhood that is formed during EC is life changing. There is nothing like close friends who you can share life with, hold you accountable, and love you through the ups and downs of life. I truly believe that I have made lifelong friends from EC.
However, on the other hand, spending time alone, especially spending time with God is vital. The first year of EC is all about growing closer to the Lord, defining who you are in Christ, as well as beginning to form the brotherhood and sisterhood. Our relationship with the Lord is not one of routine. Yes, the classes that we have during the week change and shape you into who God has called you to be. However, getting to know God personally, alone, and away from all the commotion changes your life. You can’t spend time with God and not be changed. Alone time with the Lord is important to your everyday life! He is never done molding us. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV it says,
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
So, we change every single day more and more into who He has called us to be IF we are willing and obedient to spend time with Him. There is not a day that you can’t learn something new from the Lord.
So, realize that this summer, while you are in EC and after EC, finding that alone time is vital. While your friends call you up and ask to hang out, don’t always jeopardize that alone time. It’s time with the Lord that brings life changing results.