As a newly minted college graduate who is still trying to figure out who I am in God and just life in general, as I look through my social media channels and the blogsphere and see people still in that college phase, I have this urgency to tell you to step outside of that college bubble.
So here it goes – words that go against everything you’re told and probably against what you want. But, I pray that you’ll read this with an open mind and a love for Christ. That’s all it takes for the Holy Spirit to work in you.
Dear college student,
You’re told that college is the best four years of your life – four years to spend with your friends with no real responsibilities until grown-up life settles in after graduation. Four years to just have fun and discover yourself.
But those four years pass by incredibly fast. And its in those four years that you have the potential to grow exponentially in your relationship with Christ – to witness to fellow students on campus, to give back to your community and soak up so much new knowledge.
Don’t wait to serve your Lord after graduation. Start now, because right now you have the free time, passion and supernatural amounts of energy to change the world with practically no sleep.
I have written to you, young men (and women!), because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one. -1 John 2:14
Contrary to the world’s advice, don’t focus on yourself. Focus on others because in return it will show you what you’re made of and what you’re capable of doing. Give yourself in service to your friends, professors, the poor and oppressed in your community. Give until you feel like you can’t possibly commit another minute so you fall into bed exhausted - haunted by happy smiles in the midst of poverty or Godly love in the midst of partying and drinking on campus.
And then wake up in the morning with a renewed drive to show another person how much God loves him/her; to lend a helping hand; and to learn something new and extraordinary. Then, go and apply that knowledge right away – share it with someone else, write it down or implement it at work.
Your friends won’t get it. They may tell you to relax, live a little – “YOLO” and all that. But you just smile, and say “I have work to do. The Lord needs me.” Stand firm. That in itself is a great testimony. And believe me when I tell you – our college campuses need the Lord. There is a hunger for the truth, approval and guidance. It’s a missionary field most people don’t consider and we’re the prime missioanaries that God can use.
And in return, God will smile upon you with the full strength of His blessings and His love will pour into every aspect of your life – your school work, relationships, family, ministry and even into your dreams.