When I look at my daily planner, I have to admit. I’m slightly overwhelmed. It is filled to the brim. Sometimes, I open up my planner and then quickly close it, just to make sure I start off my day breathing correctly. My schoolwork has hit its peak in my entire time in college thus far. I’m feeling that if I can finish this semester strong, I can do anything.
College has not been easy. Balancing the life of a full time student working two jobs and part time ministry is difficult. Living on a budget, eating oatmeal for dinner, having your heart skip a beat every time you open up your checkings account, living paycheck to paycheck, getting kicked out of the library at 3 a.m. due to the fact that you are the last one there, pulling all nighters and then somehow being able to have a social life.
However, in this season of busyness, my Senior year has taught me something. Trust God. Remain humble. Be thankful.
The other night I was fighting sleep deprivation as I worked on a research paper at 2 a.m. As I sat there talking to my research partner, listing off my to do list, I suddenly stopped and without hesitation said, “But, I’m so thankful. I’m so blessed to have even been given this opportunity to have an education like this.”
While it may not always be easy, it is a privilege to be a college student. I don’t take my education for granted whatsoever. And, beyond everything else, college has shaped me and stretched me in my faith. These times will carry me into my future and my future ministry.
College’s greatest lesson was not found in a textbook or a classroom. Rather, it was found in the every day mundane. I have learned what it means to trust God. Truly trust Him with every fiber of my being.
At the beginning of the year, I felt prompted to give an additional offering to my tithe.I have seen how God has opened doors in my life and has provided right on time. There was one time where I didn’t even have money for food for the week, and I prayed and trusted God for His provision. I kept holding onto the fact that He has provided in the past and will provide once again. Sure enough, that day at church, without knowing my circumstances, I was given an envelope with just enough cash to buy me groceries for the week This story, among many others(I’m not exaggerating. I could go on and on.) have not only built my faith, but have allowed me to share about a God who always provides and loves us more than words could ever say. My pastor’s wife has always told me, “Take care of God’s business. And, He will take care of yours.” These words ring true every day of our lives.
I have learned that if you pursue the Kingdom of God first, all other things will be added unto you. God always has a greater purpose in mind, but you have to be wiling to surrender everything(I could write a separate blog post on just this). I love the verse in Jeremiah 29 that says “His thoughts are better than our thoughts and His ways are better than our ways.”
College has taught me that God has given each of us gifts. It is up to us to decide what we will do with those gifts that have been given to us.
Lastly, college has taught me that we are all creative. We are all narrative human beings(after all, Jesus did explain some of His most profound messages through parables). And, we are all loved by a Creator who loves us more than we will ever know.
I am pursuing my dream career in Global Health Communications. I am pursuing photography and writing on the side. I have visions for graphics/creative arts within church ministry. And, above all, I am passionate about reaching this world, one lost soul at a time. This is my heartbeat. And, while the future is unknown, I know that every step has been directed for the next step. I’m hopeful for the future, but I’m also enjoying these last few steps in this season of college. Before I know it, I’ll be a graduate of Azusa Pacific University. Crazy, right?
Don’t miss out on the opportunities that allow you to see that God has placed you specifically in this season for a reason. Press on and let your heartbeat strive towards eternity’s everlasting promise.