The Southern Nazarene University campus family has adopted as their Verse of the Year, Matthew 6:33, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The Verse of the Year, an initiative created by SNU’s president, Dr. Keith Newman, is now in its third year and visual reminders can be found in offices, hallways and gathering places around the campus. Introduced at this year’s Faculty-Staff Convocation by Dr. Blair Spindle, Campus Pastor and Dean of the Chapel, the verse reflects Dr. Newman’s challenge to new students at their Dedication Service to “Seek First and Live Last.”
Faculty-Staff Convocation at SNU
With prayer cards for desks, and screen savers and phone backgrounds to download, the annual verse adoption has grown to be a connecting point for faculty, staff and students in their spiritual journeys.
Reflecting on the verse, Dr. Newman said, “Matthew 6:33 is meaningful to SNU on so many levels. We want every decision, action, and conversation to be measured by the question, ‘Did we seek first God’s wisdom and guidance, so SNU can be all that He wants it to be?’ I invite every alumni and friend of SNU to join us as we strive to Seek First and Live Last.” “My deepest desire is to have people around the globe praying daily for SNU,” he added.
Visit snu.edu/verse-of-the-year to access resources that will serve as a daily reminder to “Seek First – Live Last.”