"If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level."
"Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."
Another year has come and gone. I am officially halfway finished with college. Where did the time go?
As I begin my introspective post, I realize that this year has been another one to be thankful for. Not to say it was easy — this year I failed about as often as I succeeded. I was denied from the school I wanted to be in, I was overlooked in a position that I really wanted, and I failed a couple of tests. But I made new friends, my eyes were opened to what I really want to do with my life, and, most of all, I learned that God absolutely is and will forever be all that I will ever need.
Yeah, I’d say it was a good year.
College is a pretty frightening time in life. People ask you all the time, “What do you want to do with your life?” I hate this question. In the very well-spoken words of my friend Jake Collins:
It’s what I believe to be the most overrated, overused, misused, abused, and misguiding question that is on every college student and young adult’s mind (I may be biased). It’s usually the first thing that someone asks you in college (following your name) when meeting you. Yet, many live and die never answering it. It is a question that many before our time never asked, but no college student today has to be trained to ask it to themself or anyone else. Most seniors want to cry the moment they are asked it, they loathe it, and yet no one asks it more than they do to themselves. — Jake Collins, Man’s Muse
That about sums it up. This semester, that awful question haunted me almost every day. But as in all situations, God taught me a valuable lesson. He taught me to give up my future to him and allow his plan to take over mine. It was amazingly humbling to give up every part of my life to him and not to worry about tomorrow. The verse that has helped me through this semester has been one that I’ve known for a long time, but never had the pleasure of truly experiencing:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
Whatever you’re going through, know that God has told us through his divine word that he does notwant to harm us. Even if it feels like he’s pushing you around, picking at you, and irritating you in all these little ways that accumulate into terrible amounts of stress, he loves you.I pray that those who read this understand that those words are living words of the all-powerful God. Persevere, because the Lord brings good out of everything.
I thank my God for all that he has done and will continue to do.