We’ve all been there. That moment when you could go out on a limb and do something less ideal and a little more fun, crazy, or carefree. For me, this means going for the cookie even when my waistline is begging me not to. Although over indulging will not have a huge impact on our lives or throw them drastically off course, some choices we make could do just that.
Recently, I completed my undergraduate courses at the four year university I have attended since graduating high school three and a half years ago. I will soon be student teaching and will receive my teaching degree next May. Yes, I am pleased with my accomplishments thus far and do not regret working hard seeing as it is highly unlikely for a college student to select a major and get the accompanying degree in the exact four year time frame. However, as I was packing up and moving out of my on-campus apartment this week, I began questioning my time at college. Did I challenge myself enough? Did I allow myself to experience crucial experiences? Did I just get through with my eyes on the end in sight, or did I take time to enjoy the journey along the way? The answer to these questions was simply, yes.
Often times when we are moving on to the next chapter in our lives and doors are closing we are faced with regrets and confronted by the “What Ifs”, but I am at peace with my decisions and actions over the past few years. Everything happens for a reason, and I am glad things happened the way they did. I am particularly pleased with my decision to serve with the campus ministry, Cru, that I got involved with during my time at MSU. As a believer in a college setting, it was reassuring to see so many students your age who decided to live their lives as a Christian who happened to be a college student and not the other way around. I made some of the best friends and experienced unimaginable things in my time with Cru. For that, I will never be the same and will choose to live my life much differently than I would if I had not joined Cru.
When I look back on my college experience, I will forever be filled with gratitude and overwhelmed by what a huge blessing it truly was. I could not have made it this far without the Lord, His unconditional love, and abundant grace. I know that I can do whatever I set my mind to in life as long as I rely on Him. I will step outside of the lines, think outside of the box, and challenge myself because the creator of the universe is on my side. Life is a one way trip. There are no Do Overs. So when you’re faced with the choice, have the cookie. Don’t limit yourself. Be brave, be bold, and trust in the Lord always. You will have no regrets.