Posts by Zach Bruick

Being a Christian Leader in High School 0

Being a Christian Leader in High School

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 in Blog

So the month of February has begun and I don’t quite know where January went. I think it was possibly buried and lost under all of the snow Valpo has had: we’ve had more than twice the normal amount of snow for this area already. However, during all of the snow, I had the exciting opportunity to help lead a Christian leadership conference for Lutheran high school students towards the end of January. The 19 youth that attended were amazing and it was an incredible experience for everyone involved. So today, I thought I should reflect on leadership and what it means to be a Christian leader. This past Monday, Rev. John Nunes, the former CEO of Lutheran World Relief, spoke to a group that I participate in on his idea of leadership. Out of my first few months at Valpo, it was probably the most impactful 90 minutes I have had. He spoke on three I’s that Christian leaders should possess to be effective: Influence, Integrity, and the Image of God. This is not meant to be a recipe for leadership, but rather attributes and visions that are useful in becoming an effective leader in your school, church, or community. When you are a leader, influencing someone is...

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Coming Home & A New Year 0

Coming Home & A New Year

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Blog

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! It has been great coming back home to Seward over these last couple weeks. Worshipping at St. John again has been a real joy and a great reunion with many people. It is certainly different celebrating Christmas this year as compared to last year. I am no longer a permanent resident of Seward anymore, but merely a visitor here to stay only a few weeks. Seward will always be a home for me, but it’s not necessarily my current home anymore which is sad. I miss the small town feel and laid-back life that is found here. Valpo and Chicago are filled with hustle and bustle and plenty of places to shop and eat, but I’ll take the Nebraska life any day. So thank you for welcoming me back, as it is good to be home. A few more days and I’ll be heading back. I am excited to see what the second semester holds for me, but I’ll miss my family, my St John family, and my Seward family just as much. As I sit here writing on New Year’s Eve, I’m looking back on how much change has occurred this past year. 2013 and 2014 will be two completely different...

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Service: A Necessary Element 0

Service: A Necessary Element

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Blog

By the time this is published, I will have three days of classes left, three concerts to play, and four finals to take before I return to Nebraska and The Good Life. The time has flown by over the past three and a half months but here I am, one-eighth of the way through college. That is kind of a scary thought in some ways. Time does fly. But the question that I have repeatedly asked myself during this first semester is, “What am I actually doing with all of my time here at Valpo?” As I pondered this, I realized that most of the time has been spent on me: studying for MY tests, participating in organizations I AM interested in, relaxing how I WANT, worrying about MY grades, always putting MY interests first. I realized that college could be a very selfish time in a person’s life. Usually the first thought of the morning is how can I maximize each minute of the day to get the most out of it for me. But this is exhausting as it is impossible to every achieve enough, and the stress builds up as a result. No matter how many study breaks you take, how many sporting events you go...

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Rediscovering Faith at VU 0

Rediscovering Faith at VU

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Blog

To all the youth back home, let this be a heads up for you. College is a life changer, more than any other event in your life so far. While high school can be challenging at the time, the most terrifying moment of your life may come when you go to bed that first night in a small room, next to a stranger that you met earlier that day. Your world is turned upside down and it’s frightening at first. Mom is no longer there to make home-cooked meals, temptations abound all around you, and the homework begins to pile up. I’ll admit that the first few weeks were far from easy. I shed my share of tears and wanted to go back home to my comfort zone of my family multiple times. But you know what I found in the midst of all of the craziness and busyness? The simple answer is my faith. And here’s why… I have always grown up in a faith-filled household. Of course, as most of you know, my father has been a pastor since I was born. Church was never an option. I went to Sunday School and Godparents. Faith always was in my life. However, I don’t know if I ever...

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