Why College Might Not Be For You...
This title has either intrigued you or made you question what I am about to say. You may be freshman upset that you’re not at your dream school. You may be a sophomore who just broke up with your boyfriend of four years. You may be a junior who is struggling to find community. You may be a senior feeling uncertain about what is to come. I want to you remind you that the Lord is intentional. He has you at the school you are supposed to attend. He already sees you placed in all of your classes. He knows who will be in your group projects. He knew which RA and/or roommates you would need. He is preparing community to come. He saw your next steps before you breathed your first breath. I want to remind you that the Lord is intentional.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship created in the image of Christ for good works which God had prepared beforehand so we would walk into them.” I find this verse encouraging because there is a work God created for us before our parents knew we would be. We simply walk into that which he has already prepared. I want to remind you that the Lord is intentional.
What if this school year was the year you shared Christ in a bold way? What if you stopped and prayed for the person you sense in your spirit to pray for in the middle of a crowded path? What if you stopped complaining about studying and started thanking the Lord for the opportunity to go to college? What if you came to campus earlier to take a prayer walk with some friends? I want to remind you that the Lord is intentional.
There are hurting people who need someone to take a moment to speak life into them. I’ve realized everything the Lord offers He is. If you know the Lord, you know everything someone needs. What if you told the person who is walking in insecurity that Security has a name and it’s the Lord? What if you told the person who is contemplating death that Abundant Life has a name and it’s the Lord? What if you told the person who is crippled with anxiety that Peace has a name and it’s the Lord?
The Lord’s intentionality was displayed so clearly through His sweet son Jesus. You see Jesus stopped crowds for one. He was observant to look up to speak to the man in the sycamore tree. He taught those that were around Him both in words and deeds. He called things He saw in people out for others to hear. His presence left a lasting influence on those who were in it.
When I say college isn’t for you, I say it in the most sincere way. If you’re in college, you have the opportunity to share the Lord’s intentionality to those you meet in classes, dining halls, club meetings, group project meetings, etc. I believe for a believer, college is an opportunity for the Lord to touch more through you. This touch may be during school or trickle into the years to come. I pray Ephesians 3:17-19 over you. “Christ dwell in your hearts —that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Please remember you walk in the fullness of God wherever you go. He’s on campus with you. Don’t be afraid to share him with those around you.
Kristin Witcher // @kristinmwitcher