By: Sandra Paiva

Colossians 2: 6-8

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.


The above verse says that we should be rooted in Christ and built up in him. The word “rooted” means “to root, to become stable” (The New Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words, James Strong). We once had a tree we had to cut down, and we discovered that the root system was as large as the tree. It took three men, three days and one machine to finally get rid of those roots. That is how Christ wants me to be rooted in him so that I can stand in the face of adversity.

God has placed me in a work situation on a college campus. Sometimes I find it difficult to be a witness for Christ, but I can be an example of his love to others. Because of budget cuts, our department has faced serious challenges and upheavals. I am in a position where I am working as a master teacher/director. My work day consists of time with children, parents, students, interns, staff and administration. It is crucial to the program that I remain stable, present and supportive in my work. What motivates me is Christ’s love for these individuals. I have learned that if I do my best, God will do the rest!


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Am I doing my best in living out my vocation? What motivates me?