Texas Baptists President Addresses Student Body at Chapel

October 17, 2019

Dr. Michael Evans standing at a podium speaking
Dr. Michael Evans, President of Texas Baptists, speaks to students, faculty and staff at Wayland’s chapel service on Oct. 16.

Dr. Michael Evans, President of Texas Baptists, entertained and enlightened students in Wednesday’s chapel service as he encouraged them to seize the day.

“This is an opportunity, regarding education, a time for self-discovery. This is your time, students, for internal excavation. Your time for deliberate self-examination,” Evans said. “As a child of God, I say to each and every one of you to be true. Be true to your God-given passion. Be true to those motivations for mission that drive forward. Be true to that innate urge to be an asset to society.”

Evans spoke to each group of students separately, addressing their different stations in their educational journey. He challenged the freshmen to “step out of the box, but don’t ever step out of the Bible,” as they dream those impossible dreams.

“Dare to allow you mind to take you to far-away places,” Evans said. “Can you imagine Jeremiah (in the old testament) telling an entire group of people in exile to grow where God has planted you? Be the best that you can be right there.”

Evans challenged the sophomores to seek to do better and be better.

“Don’t become content with mediocrity,” he said. “Aspire to be great. Try to make this year better than your freshman year of discovery and exploration.

“The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration.”

Evans then spoke to the juniors who have “gone too far to turn around now.”

“You’re almost there. You’re facing the reality that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You’re at the brink of your breakthrough,” he said.

Quoting Paul’s comments to the church of Philippi that “he who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” He said God continues to push toward completion.

As seniors focus on their calling and careers following graduation, Evans said it is important to seek the presence of God and his strength.

“God has picked you out to make a difference in this world,” he said. “Before you choose that job assignment, seek him out. Before you turn down that job assignment, seek him out.”

Evans challenged to not be overly concerned with salary or job location because God will provide.

“As an ambassador, you are an emissary, doing the work of an evangelist,” he said. “As an ambassador you’re not overly concerned about employment, but you are anxiously awaiting your deployment.”

As he closed, Evans quoted the philosopher Taylor Swift saying that one thing believers have learned to do is take all of the doubt, conflict, questions and anxiety and “shake it off.”