I saw this picture on Pinterest and it immediately spoke to me. The things that we value the most we are willing to wait for. It’s such a simple, beautiful and true statement.
I know a common theme in my life seems to be waiting. But, I am okay with that because I do value those things. I value the Lord’s plan and His omniscience. I am thankful I value certain things that align with what the Lord values and I know this to be true from His Word.
I’ve gotten better at this as I’ve aged. I used to (still do often) want things done right now or to buy something right now. I have learned that if I really want something, it’s worth it to hold out for exactly what I have in mind. The best I can get.
I love the simple truth to this statement and I hope it speaks to you like it did me.
So, what are you waiting for?
For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4 NLT
I know my audience is college kids. Sex, drugs, cussing.
Last week there was a guest lecturer in my writing for mass media class and he said a variation of the statement above when talking about knowing the audience you write for. This really bothered me…So bad that the only notes I wrote were about this phrase.
My heart broke because this is how 99 percent of the population views college kids. We party, we drink, we hook up with strangers, we curse like we breathe, we go on wild spring break trips, we are crazy. But, none of that is what I associate myself with. I think in a messed up way I’m the exception, not the rule. That is alarming. We get told enough by our peers to do whatever we want and to live our lives in a way pleasing to us, but to have a grown man to say it was shocking. Like he gives us the seal of approval to do whatever for four years.
I wish my classmates and other college students knew that there’s so much more than sex, drugs and cussing. We were made for better and more purposeful things. None of these things fulfill like Jesus does. Nothing fulfills like Jesus!
These college years are not a “get out of jail free” card. There are consequences to hooking up, doing drugs and cussing. I think people see God as the fun-killer, when in fact He tells us to stay away from these things to protect us. I would confidently say that you couldn’t find anyone who has not suffered emotionally or physically from doing these things. Even if just a fraction. Nobody walks away unscathed.
Of course, college is fun! It’s social and spontaneous, but it’s not real life. College will end and reality will hit when you’re paying bills and getting up early for work. Don’t let what you do today, negatively affect tomorrow. Look towards Jesus and a relationship with Him if you want a positive affect. There are no guarantees that it’ll be easy, but there is a promise of someone being there to walk with you. No cold bed, used up drug or sour language on the tongue can match the fellowship of the Creator of the universe. That I promise you.
It’s never too late in this life to follow Jesus and surrender to the death He died on the cross. You are not too sinful or too far gone. He makes ALL things new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
How lucky am I that my God commands me not to fear. Not to worry. What a blessing. How much of our lives are spent thinking about the what if’s? Yet, we are merely wasting our time. Can any of us add time to our lives by worrying? Nope. The Word tells us this is impossible.
I’m extra thankful this week that I don’t have to waste my time worrying and being anxious over silly things. God really has us. He really has me and YOU engraved on his hands. He loves us too much to not want the best for us. He’s our Father, God.
So when you don’t understand life, remember that it’s not your job to. That’s been my life mantra the last few years. It’s NOT up to me to understand, but to trust.
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7