Armes encourages students during Convocation
August 26, 2015
PLAINVIEW – Students, administrators, faculty and staff gathered in Harral Auditorium at Wayland Baptist University Wednesday morning for Convocation Chapel. The annual event brings the university family together at the beginning of each academic year.
Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes, who will retire next June, gave his final Convocation address encouraging students to live within the will of God and to make a positive difference in the world. Armes drew from Ephesians 5: 1-7, 15-17 in which the Apostle Paul encourages the people of the church at Ephesus to live within God’s will during a time of immoral upheaval.
“Doesn’t Ephesus resemble our world?” Armes asked. “As beautiful as Ephesus was, there was darkness within its borders.”
The people of the church were asking how they can make a difference in the midst of such sin and destruction. Paul’s answer was to live wisely.
Armes referred to an article written by Dr. Richard Light of Harvard in which he explained his process of asking students each year if they had one thing they could change to enhance their experience on campus what is it. Through the years those responses have changed from nit-picking course material to asking questions dealing with the best and most appropriate ways to live. Armes said he sees the same thing from Wayland students.
“You appear to me to want to leave a legacy. You want to be part of the solution, not the problem,” he said. “People without moral compasses have always found that their way is lost. If we are to change the darkness, to live wisely, we must understand the Lord’s will and live accordingly.”
Armes said this generation can change the world, but only if believers know, do and follow the will of Christ.