Life is becoming more real.
Friends are getting married, having children, creating homes.
Others are graduating university and moving on to new cities or new jobs.
As I enter my last semester of undergrad, I feel the shadow of “adulting”–I mean real adulting–looming over me. To be honest, I am not sure where I will work after I graduate. I am not even sure where I will live. I am sure these questions, and so many more, are ones everyone struggles with even years after leaving college. The reality of this uncertainty is not something that can simply be changed, but the attitude towards “real life” ought to be.
With the advent of social media and the popularity of “memes,” the tendency in the culture of my generation tends to be complaining about the difficulties:
Life isn’t how I thought it would be when I was 5, 12 or 16.
High school was the easiest part of life, by far.
Textbooks are too expensive.
I need to have a certain type of experience or expertise for the job I am applying for.
Why do I only have $3?
While graduating from college will be a scary thing in some ways, I am going to try my best to not give in to the “new normal” of complaining and of seeing the future as a big scary thing that will consume me. That’s not who we are.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
While the future feels so far away right now, I can’t help but look at it with excitement. I am standing at a threshold, about to step out into the real world. This is life that I dreamed about when I was a child. The dreams that kept me awake and the life that I created in my mind … they all have the potential to be realized in my life right now. I am so thankful for the reality of possibility. Don’t let the negative thoughts and voices of culture influence you. Right before us is the opportunity to create the life that we always dreamed.
Even more than just having the opportunity to realize the dreams I have always longed for, I realize my life is the one chance I have to live fully for Christ with reckless abandon. To give Him my best effort, my all. No matter what stage of life we are in, we all have this goal, this calling, if we are His. If you’re saving up for your next step, if you’re working at a job you are beginning to doubt, if you are unsure of where to go next, I encourage you to step away from the here and now and to remember your purpose. What are you doing now, and is it taking you closer to your purpose?
Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.