It’s my daughter’s 3-month birthday. I easily could have missed it, but I happened to remember this morning.

It’s also something like your college ministry 6-month birthday – for this year, I mean. You’ve been toiling in school year 2015-2016 for about six months. And though it’s not nearly over, are you paying attention to how far you’ve come?

The work of the college minister is long enough and hard enough that you can’t just be remembering and celebrating in June each year. Just like I can remind myself that my daughter’s smiling, better sleeping, and – kind of – staying upright are happy milestones worth celebrating, you’ve got milestones and checkpoints from the past six months you should purposely remember. And celebrate. With cake, if necessary.