We did it.
You are standing on the edge of adulthood. It feels like yesterday you were being dropped off as a freshman and your biggest worry was if your dad would embarrass you. Now, four years later, you are about 15 pounds heavier, $30,000 poorer, and about to embark on “the rest of your life.”
The other day I had a mini-freakout. I started thinking about moving to a new city. And if you know how stubborn I am, then you know this is hard for me to publicly admit… I cried.
I began to panic.
I began to think about how I potentially could be very financially unstable.
I began to think of life without my best friends.
I began to think about trying to meet new friends.
How do you do that? It’s not like college, where you live three feet from your girls with whom you get to do life with everyday.
I got to thinking – maybe I’m not alone. Maybe, others are freaking out too. Some of you have your careers figured out and some of you don’t. Some of you are worrying about finances and some of you are worrying about living in a new city next year.
However, no matter who you are.. you are scared. You are nervous. You are worried.
It is easy to be scared during this season. It is easy to waste energy on worrying about tomorrow. But during this last semester… my first piece of advice is simple.
1. Embrace your today.
Live in the moment and invest in your present. Yes, apply for jobs and yes, manage a budget. But most importantly, embrace where God has you currently planted. If you don’t know the Mary and Martha story in the Bible, I pray after this article you give it a read. Basically Martha was focusing on getting the house ready and my girl Mary was praying at Jesus’s feet. Martha was as mad as most people would be if their roommates avoided doing the house chores. But Jesus told Martha that Mary had it right. She was embracing Jesus in her present. And that was the greatest gift.
Tomorrow is hectic. Maybe even scary. Bills will be overwhelming. But as cheesy as it sounds, pray to Jesus. Pray for your worries and work towards living in the moment.
Live for Jesus in your today, and trust Him with your tomorrow.
Eat cookie dough with your roommates and have a movie night just because. Dance in parking lots and pretend you’re in eighth grade and pass notes because WHY NOT? Enjoy the student discounts while they last. Study along the way and talk to your professors about life… not just about how the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
You’ll never get a chance to again live in college and be surrounded by the people you currently are surrounded by. This shouldn’t scare you. This should excite you, the fact that you know you have four more great months ahead. Stop stressing about the future and for goodness sakes, enjoy today.
2. Actually believe the cheesy lines.
We’ve all had that moment where we stress and someone chimes in with…”WELL GOD HAS A PLAN.”
Yeah, it is annoying and yeah sometimes not said correctly…
But here’s the truth… God does really have a plan. A plan that’s greater than yours.
The story He’s writing includes you as a major character. He wants you to use your gifts and talents to bring Him glory. He will not leave nor forsake you. Put your hope in the Lord.
Hope and faith don’t mean, “yeah, I know for sure.” In fact friend… its the OPPOSITE.
It means, man I have no clue what tomorrow will bring but I know one things for sure… God’s good and God’s plans are greater than mine.
Hope will sustain you. Faith will crush your fear. And a relationship with Jesus makes the other two come a whole lot easier.
God has a plan. What you call the unknown, God calls purposeful.
To the seniors reading this… press on. Press on to our sweet Jesus. Let this last semester be lived purposefully. Let it build His Kingdom. Let it mold you into who He has called you to be. Live for Jesus in your today…. and trust Him with your tomorrow…
Scripture to reflect on:
Luke 10:38-42 Mary and Martha Story
Isaiah 40: 30-31
“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And young men stumble and fall.
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
Loren May photography, Waco, TX.