Why Chi Alpha? #1

I want to share a few reasons why on earth I would spend my life telling college students about Jesus. This is the first post of 5! Read more for an exclusive “emo pic” of me from high school!

1. God used XA to take me from sad to glad!


These are some super embarrassing self taken photos of me from high school. I took them when I was at home because I had no friends and was totally bizarre….if you couldn’t already tell that from the pictures.

My mom begged me to let her buy me clothes at the mall- I refused to shop any where but the thrift store. (My poor mom!) I went to “shows” not concerts. I was sad most of the time. Mostly, I wanted to BE someone and I thought that meant being just plain weird.

When I came to Arizona State, I was ready for a fresh start- and to have some friends for once! When I was 18, I came up with the following mathematical equation:

party = friends^n

Now I had grown up in church- a great church! But college was the time I was going to have to figure out my faith for myself.  Fortunately, I never got into the party scene and I decided I should look for a Christian group to be a part of.  One day when I was walking to class, I saw a table on campus for Chi Alpha. It looked similar to this:

They had a sign that said when and where they met. Totally scared, I went that night to the weekly XA meeting. People were so nice! Before long, I was going to lunch with friends from Chi Alpha. Then going on weekend trips. These people were praying for me, studying the Bible with me, and most of all they accepted me for who I was. Through this awesome
thing called community- I was able to learn about who I was as a child of God! I was accepted by these friends and by Jesus. Ummm can you say awesome?!?

This is one of my big motivations for doing XA- I want lots of other people to feel included. I don’t want people to feel lonely like I did! I love to see people reach for what God has created them to do. I think I learned that from my mom who threw great birthday parties…. but we’ll talk about that in reason #2!

BONUS: Here’s a list of scripture about IDENTITY!

John 1:12 I am God’s child.

John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1 I have been justified.

Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgive of all my sins.

Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgive of all my sins.

John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.

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About Katie Cannon

An AZ lifestyle blogger who loves good food, good service, and good people.
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One Response to Why Chi Alpha? #1

  1. Pingback: Why XA #3: Where everybody knows your name. | Katie's Chi Alpha Adventures!

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