Summer is almost over. The semester will soon begin. Perhaps it’s your first semester in college or your last. Your schedule will be full of new classes. You will interact with new people. You will experience new opportunities. You will have renewed focus and desires…
- to grow in your education
- to grow in your friendships
- to grow in your desires and passions
- to grow in your skills and abilities
- to grow when your love for Christ and for others
- to grow in your love and commitment to the church
- to grow in your heart for the nations
- and to grow up to be the man or woman that God desires you to be.
All of this newness does not last forever though. These opportunities and desires often fade as quickly as they came. Your classes get old. New friends become old friends. Opportunities either don’t come or slip away. You find yourself in the same old ruts. And that renewed focus and desire morphs into distraction and discouragement. Before long, you feel like you are wasting your time—wasting your college.
There has to be a way to make it through a semester, even college itself, without wasting it. So, how can you avoid wasting this semester…and your college years?
How Not to Waste Your College
I could tell you that college is about preparing for life, so don’t treat it as a vacation from life’s responsibilities. I could tell you to take your classes seriously, spend time in the library, watch what you eat, get some sleep and call your mom every so often. I could tell you to be humble, read your syllabus, work ahead and leave time to edit your work before your turn it in. I could tell you to wash your clothes (and sheets) at least once a month or to make sure to wear flip flops in the community shower.
All of these things are good life lessons and important for your success in college. However, I want to share something more foundational:
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take him his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:34-38)
You won’t waste your college years if you commit to following Christ through them.
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