A Road of Dreams. 

in the past month, I have had many different people ask me: what’s your plan for after graduation? Senior year hasn’t even started yet, and I’m already facing that question. I’m sure it will only intensify as the year progresses. 

In 9 months, I will have earned my Bachelor’s in Interpersonal &Organizational Communication Studies with a minor in Journalism. These past three years, I have been beyond blessed and privileged to earn a college education. The fact that I only have one school year left just doesn’t seem real. Forever. 

And, then the real world, right? And, then you’ll go fulfill your dreams, right? 

My life doesn’t start in 9 months, though.  It already started 21 years a go. I’m already fulfilling my dreams. I’m not waiting for a degree to my name to pursue after the dreams God has placed in my heart.

I don’t know where I will be in one year, but I do know this. God is faithful. Every stepping stone has been leading me to the next chapter of my life. And, while I’m standing on the current stepping stone, I’m not waiting. I’m living. Right where I’m at. 

What are your plans for after you graduate? What are you going to do with your degree? 

I could probably pay off my college loans by now if I earned a dollar for every time someone asked me those two questions. 

My answer: I don’t know. 

Four years a go, I faced a similar season. I was a Senior in High School, not knowing where I would end up going to college. The same questions haunted me day by day. 

I didn’t have an answer until 5 days before I was supposed to commit to a college. 

Lots of prayer and spiritual mentor ship guided me in my answer. And, that is how it will be.

“Commit your works to the Lord, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 16:3

I’m not afraid. I’m excited for the road ahead. Many new chapters lie ahead. New jobs, new ministries, new relationships, new experiences, new memories, new hopes…new roads.

As I face the road of my Senior year, I have many hopes and dreams for this school year. 

Here are a few:

God has really been nudging at me to use my writing and take it to a new level for the sake of ministering to young people and college aged students. It would take me an entire other blogpost to explain this dream and vision to the fullest, but let me just say that God has given me some direction on how to make the dream come true starting(not after I graduate), but this year, this month, this day.

I’m training for another half marathon. But, I’m not running this race for myself. I’m going to start a go fund me account that will be launched in support of our Missionaries for Sheaves for Christ.

And, I’m writing a book on being a young Apostolic believer in the 21st century. It is starting out as a curriculum for young adults, but I’m hoping that God will take this opportunity and bring these words to print. They are words that He has placed in my heart. 

My dream? What do I hope is a part of the road ahead? 

A job. But, not just any job. I want to use the creative skills that God has blessed me with for the sake of reaching one person. One person at a time. 

There are people who need our resources, our time, and most inportantly, our prayers. I want their stories to be heard. 

My dream. I’m hoping to intern with World Vision or a company similar to their mission statement. 

“World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”

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“We value people…We give priority to people before money, structure, systems, and other institutional machinery. We celebrate the richness of diversity in human personality, culture, and contribution.”

I believe that God places passions inside of us for a reason. Whether it be World Vision or a different organization, I know that I want to work with people. I want to impact and be impacted in return. I want to hear their stories and tell their stories to others. That is my main reason for minoring in Journalism. I’m a storyteller. I can’t get it out of my blood. 

Each individual is a small piece of God’s overall master piece. We are His story. And, there are those in His story who need to be heard who haven’t yet been able to have their voice heard. I want to write for a living. You all have no idea what kind of statement that is. When I started college, I told God: I do not want to go into writing as a career. I don’t want it to be a part of my career at all. 

Time has a way of changing things. God has a way of knocking at our hearts. 

I have big dreams. They may take me to places I never imagined. One thing I know is this:

Commit your works to the Lord.

There is a road ahead, but make today count. Every step that you take will lead you. 

God places dreams in our hearts. Run with them. Yet, allow Him to lead you. Always. 

Be open to new dreams and new roads. And, no matter what, commit your works, your thoughts, your everything to Him. 

In the truest of surrender, He will always be there beside you, guiding and directing every step. If you take the off road and get sidetracked, it’s not the end of the world. The main road is still there. God is always there. 

Where will you be after graduation?

I don’t know. I’ll be on a road. And, where it leads? I’m not sure. And, I’m okay with that. The road leads to GodMs greater purpose for my life, for all of us. 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways  and my thoughts than your thoughts.” {Isaiah 55:8-9}

What a beautiful thing His everlasting promise and perfect will is. 

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