Starting college is a big decision. To this 21 year old, 4 to 8 years seems like a really long time. Maybe it's like that for anyone. I've been praying since I was about 12 years old for God to show me what he wanted me to do "When I Grow Up." Well, I'm technically a grown up now, and I'm still not quite sure what He wants me to do; I'm learning that I actually prefer it that way. I know that God has a plan for my life. I know that His plans for me are intertwined with His Mission for the world. I know He wants to use me, and that no matter how good of a plan I can come up with, His will be better.
At this point, becoming an engineer by going to college seems to be the next step. Ultimately, I'd like to become a hydrogeologist, working part-time at home and part-time on the mission field. Right now though, in the midst of ACT prep, scholarship applications, schedules, jobs, paying for gas and computers and textbooks, and planning classes, I'm finding that it can be very, very easy to get distracted and lose focus. There are deadlines and I have to make grown-up decisions. Sometimes those decisions mean taking a day off of deadlines to do what I love. Or realizing that I can't take a day off and turning what I am doing into something that I love. Right now, I should be watching ACT prep videos. I really need to practice my violin. I have lesson plans to prepare for my music class, and I want some chocolate milk.
In the midst of all this busyness and decision making, I am realizing that being a grown-up can be hard. But you know what else? It can be so beautiful! People all around are watching us live. As young adults, we have a chance to make a difference in the world right now! In this very moment, you have the power to decide what you will prioritize in your life. You have a choice to live with no regrets. You have the choice to grow up, to stop living life like a kid, and let Jesus take over your life. As you join the workforce and learn how to work with various types of coworkers, let Jesus shine in your life. As you start school, decide for yourself what your focus is, what your reason for pursuing higher education is. We have the chance to show the world that God is at work through everyone, including young adults. If we truly want these years as we move from childhood to adulthood to mean something, then put your heart into your life. Stop living from one day to the next based on who your friends think you are, or who you want people to think you are. Stop pursuing the world's standard of success, of coolness, or of purpose. Don't say maybe later. Don't be lazy. Use your time wisely. Be committed, be focused, and live purposefully. Now is the time to choose how your life is going to go. Make it beautiful!
"Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light."
Romans 13:11-12 ESV