this past year has been the most terrifying, incredible, scary, exciting, difficult and exhausting year of my entire life. but it has taught me more than i could have ever imagined, and brought growth & blessings i never dreamed i’d have the honor of receiving
dear incoming freshmen,
your entire world is about to change completely. enjoy home cooked meals (you’ll miss those the most). enjoy your bed. enjoy not having to pay for laundry. enjoy your mom doing your laundry. enjoy being able to park in your driveway and not 3 miles away from campus. enjoy your friendships, and being so close with them now, because that will change a lot. enjoy your mom and dad most of all, you’ll miss them more than you think.
3 things Jesus has taught me the past year in college
love everyone & be understanding – everyone is on the path God has intended for them. let them make mistakes. don’t judge them. be there to encourage them, love them and pour Christ’s love into them. don’t feel the need to be right all the time, they will appreciate you more for love than “i told you so, or “Jesus doesn’t approve of this”. just remember everyone is struggling somehow in their own way. be that friend that can be there no matter what, you may not understand what is going on and you probably won’t have the right words to say, but just be there. sometimes Jesus doesn’t call us to speak many words, but to just rest in the stillness of life, heartache, pain, depression, whatever it may be. sometimes we just need others to hold our hand and walk through life with us. be that person.
it’s ok NOT to have life figured or even the next day figured out – the moment you step on campus, you’ll become the most confused person on this planet (and that’s ok). i dreamed of being a teacher all my life, obviously Jesus had different plans for my life. seek Him above all. don’t stress. literally every other college student is just as confused as you are. trust me. and if they aren’t, don’t hang out with them. if you don’t like your major, change it. if you don’t like your school, transfer. if you wanna go back home, go home.
above all, allow Christ to guide you – this was by far the most difficult thing Jesus taught me. we have all these plans for our lives. allow Jesus to lift your plans, destroy them and make new ones (dreams that will blow you away). trust fully in Him. honestly, it may not feel like He’s there, but He is. i promise you that. if He is calling you to wait, then wait. it sucks i know, but you will begin to understand Jesus’ character like never before. He is a loving Father who cares so deeply for us, and He has everything figured out when we don’t. rest in that. trust that. dwell in that. pick up your cross daily, whatever it may be and follow Him.
make mistakes. realize that a lot of things are more important than an A on your biology final. life is more important. friends are more important. Jesus is more important. you’ll meet the best people you know college. thank them. everyday, because they’re the ones that go through the mess with you, they experience every single one of your mental breakdowns and don’t judge you for them. you’ll be homesick. they’ll be there. when you get sick. they’re not only your roommate, but your mom. they are there to experience every single up and down college brings, thank them. learn from them. grow with them. love them. appreciate them. don’t forget about your high school friends, they still need you. you’re still just as close to them, but the friendship looks a little different. if you don’t talk to them for a few weeks, just remember how busy the both of you are and how much change you are experiencing. offer grace, don’t get upset.
i’m praying for you. you rock. you are incredible. Jesus has plans’ for you that you could never even imagine