A Letter to my College Self
Dear College Me,
Hello from post-grad life! All is well, can’t complain much about the 9-5. Although, it’s definitely not as fun as college, so quit wishing your time away. Thrive.
If I could sit down with you tomorrow morning for a cup of coffee, I would look into those deep-well-like eyes and tell you so many things… but let’s just narrow it down to three for now:
1. Dump him. Now.
2. It’s not about you – sorry to burst your bubble. (Actually, I’m not sorry.)
3. You don’t have to FIND your purpose… because it’s not hiding from you.
Oh, number 3… that one’s a big one for you. This one keeps you up at night, I know. Hear me out on this: every single person struggles with their purpose – you are not alone!
I can hear you now, “Okay well if it’s not hiding from me then, what is it?? When did I figure it out? Does it all work out okay?”
Being two years out of college now, I can confidently say, yeah, it’s going to work out okay. In fact, it’s going to work out better than okay. I can tell you right now that your purpose is beautiful, life-giving, challenging, stretching, and it will never, ever change between now and the day Jesus calls you home.
Your purpose was written in a book. The bible, actually. Jesus rose from the dead (still can’t get over that), and he told Mary Magdalene and Mary to rally the disciple-troops in Galilee for an important message. The anticipation was great, and the message did not disappoint: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” // Matthew 28:18-20
That’s it. That’s your purpose.
This why you were put on earth. You were MADE for this. Do not take this lightly! Jesus could have said anything at that moment, yet he gave us the game plan of how we get to participate in God’s plan of bringing the whole world back to how it was meant to be… perfect, and whole. Talk about wanting to be a part of something bigger than yourself, this is as big as it gets.
It’s an invitation. It’s a door opened, never to be slammed in your face. You can’t get fired, you will only ever be pursued – hard – for this role. You don’t have to be perfect at it, there’s no test you can fail, no end of the year review that says how good or bad you were at your job. No boss who is expecting you to perform, only a Savior who works everything out in the end. You will always be learning, always equipped, and you will never walk alone.
But it’s not all sunshine and daisies, my dear. You’re going to have to fight because there is a competitor out there who wants you to flop, to ditch the plan, to play for his team. Do not give in to his offers, no matter how alluring they may seem. He will steal from you and make you feel utterly worthless, exhausted, alone.
Your purpose – loving God, loving others, telling the world – can be taken with you wherever you go. No matter what desk you sit at, who your coworkers are, or who you serve, your mission remains the same. God will assign you to the place you’re meant to be, and he will make it clear when it’s time to move on. Remember: “Go where you’re sent, stay where you’re put, unpack, and give it all you got.” (Thank you, Jill Briscoe.)
Maddy, may you never forget: you were created “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). You and I both know God’s plan succeeds in the end, so it’s up to you whether or not you join in on the greatest adventure you could never think to imagine.
Last thing: you are fiercely loved, you will always be pursued, you make a difference, you’re never too late.
All my love,
Maddy // @_maaaddy