President Jim J. Adams | August 29, 2017

After decades of returning to school after summer break, President Jim J. Adams has discovered the importance of preparation for a new school year.  

By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., LPC President

Before the popularity of student backpacks, I was one of those nerds who actually carried a briefcase to junior high. People who know me well won’t be surprised by that revelation. Something about new pencils and notebooks fueled my enthusiasm for the beginning of a new school year.

Don’t get me wrong. Summer was always a favorite time for me, maybe because it meant a break from the routine. Deep down though, I think I enjoyed summer most because when it was over I could get new school supplies and start fresh in the fall.

This week at Life Pacific College, some of that childhood excitement resurfaced as I toured our campus with Director of Facilities Rick Meyer. I was impressed with the host of improvements accomplished this summer in preparation for the return of our students. I loved the smell of new paint and carpet in some of our buildings. In the Hicks Center, the beautifully updated floor on Mehl Court now sports logos representing the college and our affiliations with the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and the GSAC (Golden State Athletic Conference), our most recent athletics accomplishment, approved this spring.

Whatever their summer experience, my prayer for each student is that the Holy Spirit will impart vision to see the work God wants to accomplish in their lives this fall.

For me, September is akin to an awakening, a spiritual springtime, when “newness” appears everywhere you look on campus. During my meetings with student leaders this fall, I will point out the physical improvements Rick showed me and in like manner, encourage them to seek God’s newness as they return to campus.

Many students return refreshed after summer visits with families, global learning experiences, and internship opportunities. For some, summer was a sabbatical from an academic routine and others worked summer jobs to help pay for their college education. Whatever their summer experience, my prayer for each student is that the Holy Spirit will impart vision to see the work God wants to accomplish in their lives this fall.

Additionally, I believe the Lord is calling everyone in our Life Pacific community to reconnect as a body of believers with the unified goal of reaching the world for Christ. This outcome is much more than routine - reconnecting as community involves bearing one another’s burdens, speaking prophetically into the lives of those we care about, and living out authentic faith with one another.

As summer comes to a close, I call on each student, faculty, staff member, alumnus, trustee, and friend of Life Pacific to reconnect with our shared passion for Christ and the world. Answer the call of God to emerge from a summer break with an eye on the newness of the Holy Spirit this fall.

Welcome to a new school year! Let’s enjoy what God has planned. 

Finally, I pray each of us will find enthusiasm for what God has planned for our lives as we return to school. Maybe it won’t include a briefcase or back-to-school paraphernalia that excited me when I was younger. The important thing is to live refreshed and renewed in the plan of God, emboldened by the support of a campus community that is excited about reconnecting this fall.

Welcome to a new school year! Let’s enjoy what God has planned.