“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
If there is one verse to summarize the past two semesters of my first year at Southern Adventist University, it may be this one.
No matter where you decide to attend college, what major you choose or how many times you change your mind, focus everything back to what I believe is our ultimate purpose: to positively affect the lives of those around us and spread the love of Our Father.
College is a big change from anything most of us have ever done before. I had long anticipated college and I thought it would be an easy transition, but it is so much more than getting use to harder classes. My college experience so far has made me become more independent and is really helping me find out who I really am, what my strengths are, and who I want to be.
When I first started school last semester I quickly became overwhelmed with the new classes and challenges of college life. I decided that God and my education where two unconnected parts of my life. I put church and the Sabbath on the back burner, replaced by my studies. I resented going to worship because I thought it wasted too much of my time. But now I am realizing that nothing in my life is separate from God. And I don’t say that negatively. I don’t mean that I can’t get away from Him. What I mean is that I honestly need Him. I found that when I humbly and sincerely dropped my head to give up my anxiety and challenges to God, He never let me down. Taking my education to God did not mean that I suddenly understood all of the material and never had to study, but I was given a portion of His strength and wisdom to push through all that I needed to do while not feeling the entire burden on my shoulders alone.
There are so many opportunities that come along with higher education and even more outside of the college setting. But honestly many things are pointless and exhausting if they are not done with God for His glory. I challenge you to not only make decisions for your future that will exalt God, but reexamine your everyday life to make sure it is not compartmentalized. Do not put your education in one box, your relationships in another and pack away God for the once a week space we call the Sabbath. Make sure He is part of everything you do because He will help carry your weight and then when people look at you they will not be able to help but to see His face too.
This blog will be my final entry for Southern as we are all wrapping up the end of this semester and taking our finals. So again, I request prayers for strength, wisdom, endurance and patience as we take our tests this week. Also pray for patience and safe travels as we all pack up our rooms and head back home.
Seriously though I hate packing more than any other task so I could really use prayers for patience.
“Do it all for the glory of God…”