John Wesley Honors College

Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, Give Thanks: A Welcome from the JWHC Chaplain

Chloe McLaughlin, Class of 2016, is serving as the 2015-2016 Honors College Student Association Chaplain. You’ll get to meet the rest of the HCSA Cabinet (and learn what the HCSA is) next month!

McLaughlin, Chloe


Happy Summer Future Wildcats! I am so excited to greet you all and welcome you into the John Wesley Honors College community! I am Chloe McLaughlin, the Chaplain of the JWHC for the 2015-2016 academic year! I hope you are having wonderful summers and you are looking forward to moving into IWU in the Fall!

I am anxious to meet each of you in a few short months but until then I would like to offer you a thought as you prepare for college. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). That verses perfectly encapsulates the best pieces of advice I could give to anyone at any age. 1. Take a moment to rejoice over the little things and the big things. 2. Pray continually for the people around you and for your own discernment of God’s will for your life. 3. In every circumstance give thanks and glory to God. As you enter your college years, especially in the tough moments, remember these verses.

College is a beautifully stressful adventure that will teach you about your strengths and your weaknesses, but most importantly this chapter will teach you about God’s faithfulness. As I am walking into my final year at IWU, I am so aware that there will never be another time in my life quite like college. College is the only chapter in life where it is socially acceptable to change your identity, major, and sleeping habits on a weekly basis. It is not always easy to rejoice or to be thankful in the middle of what may feel like a four-year-long identity crisis, but later in 1 Thessalonians 5 Paul writes, “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” I do not believe that God will never give us more than we can handle, but I do believe that God will never give us more than we can handle with His help.

So my advice for you as you are about to enter the most exciting and stressful years of your life is this: rejoice as often as you can, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances, and trust in God’s faithfulness. For the one who has called you is faithful, and HE will do it.

Once you arrive on campus, do not hesitate to seek me out. I would love to meet every one of you. Know that you are in my prayers! God bless you in this new adventure!


Chloe McLaughlin

JWHC Chaplain, Class of 2016