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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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A Letter to Students on their First Day of College


To students on their first day of college:

Embrace this season of your life. Don’t waste it. This is a defining season, one unlike any other time, so take advantage of all the opportunities this season brings and enjoy every single moment. Again, don’t waste this season, use it to make an eternal impact on the world.

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it's the best.

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it’s the best.

Make lasting friendships. That means hanging around people who will be there for you, who will love you, help you, speak truth to you and who, ultimately, you want to be defined as. It’s true that you become like who you hang around, so choose wisely.  

Be a friend. More than getting friends for your own benefit, seek to improve the lives of everyone you meet. Toss stereotypes out the window and be a friend to the friendless, to the one who can’t do anything for you and to the ones you don’t like. You’ll mature through the process and make a difference in countless lives.

If you’re a Christ-follower:

Pour into others. College is a very inward-focused time. Everything is about you, your growth and development. Resist that mindset. Disciple others. Set an example. Follow Jesus’ example and pour yourself out for others, and when you do you will experience more and more of Him. {Isaiah 58:10-12}


Get poured into. You can’t pour into others effectively without being poured into yourself. Join a campus ministry, a small group, a Bible study, something with like-minded people who will help equip you for the journey. Thankfully small groups are two-way streets and you’ll be able to encourage and lift up others as you, together, grow more like Jesus. {Proverbs 27:17}

Get time alone. This may seem like an impossible and completely unattractive idea, especially for you social butterflies, but you need time alone. Not only time alone to study, enjoy a relaxing book or watch a good movie every now and then, but time alone with God. Get in the Word. This is your fuel. This is your strength. Don’t neglect it. {Luke 5:16}

Grow in discipline. This time, because it’s unlike any other season of your life, is made to grow you. Don’t resist the schedules, the challenges or the difficult people. Learn. Grow. Develop. Mature. Don’t waste this time or those frustrating moments but use them as a catalyst into holiness. {Romans 13:14}

“To be a disciple means to be disciplined.” -Elisabeth Elliot

For Seniors:

Congratulations! It’s your last year, maybe even your last semester, can you believe it? You made it. But it’s not over yet. Though you may struggle with it, don’t give into senioritis for there will be a day when you get up and go to your big-kid job and you’ll reflect back on your college days and you’ll be so thankful you gave it everything you had. 

Above all else,
college students: enjoy this season. 

Don’t treat your life as if the real living is just around the next corner. It’s not. If you live that way you just might get around the next corner to realize you haven’t truly lived. Accept and embrace this season and the opportunities it brings as the gift it is. Live your life now. And don’t waste it.

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, ESV)

With so much love and expectant hope,

A recent college graduate

3 comments on “A Letter to Students on their First Day of College

  1. iceiceandrew says:

    Awesome thoughts. Spot on.

    1. Thanks, Andrew!! Soli Deo Gloria.

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