I read something earlier this year on Twitter that made me laugh. The tweet said, “College is like looking both ways before crossing the street and getting hit by a plane.”
I laughed because quite honestly, it’s not far from the truth. Don’t get me wrong, college has been incredible so far, but that also doesn’t mean it hasn’t been challenging and vastly unpredictable at times. I want to avoid chronicling all of what’s gone on these past few months and instead leave you with the advice and bits of cool information I’ve picked up from the good times and not-so-great times along the way. There have been a lot of crazy and cool things happening in my life and I hope you enjoy these 31 Lessons Learned:
- History, good and bad, are how you exist. Your future is why you exist.
- Hard truths are only good coming from a trustworthy source. You don’t always have to be the one to deliver them.
- If God speaks, move.
- If God isn’t speaking, be patient. Isaiah 40:31.
- Hardships are journeys you should stick through. The outcome with blow your mind.
- There’s always a positive to any situation, sometimes the world doesn’t want you to see it like that.
- CS Lewis is a freakin’ genius.
- As a mentor or descipler, you don’t have to share all of your hardest experiences with your mentee unless they are applicable experiences. They have the ability to become a burden.
- If you feel like you have nothing to offer the world, at any point you can offer love.
- Trusting what God tells you isn’t easy at all, it’s actually the scariest thing ever, but He’s 100%, undoubtedly right every time.
- Though the mountains may crumble, I will not.
- Establish that you are a Christian when you arrive on your college campus. Make it known that you want to follow Him and people will hold you accountable.
- The concept of lent is not just for Catholics. Jesus gave up hindrances to his faith before the church ever existed. Giving up things that deter your relationship with God is always a good thing and lent is simply a purposeful, intentional time for that. The same thing goes for fasting, tithing, et cetera.
- Our acts don’t get us into heaven, our faith in Jesus (which drives our acts) does.
- There will be things that happen in your life that you do not understand, but God promises understanding in the long run. Don’t be dejected, be patient.
- Vulnerability is HARD but it is NECESSARY.
- Don’t treat difficult conversations as if they are conflicts. If you bottle things up, they become breeding grounds for doubt.
- Doubt is healthy and you shouldn’t just brush them off. Tackle them, petition them, bring them to light.
- It’s difficult to have a different expectation of God’s goodness than what He had planned – we can be angry or bitter because we want our expectation to be our reality, but know the reality God made is better even if you can’t see that yet.
- You have the ability to be the beginning of truth to your friends and family and the end to brokenness and suffering through faith.
- My faith isn’t determined by my works. No matter how many good things I do, I still fall short of God’s perfection and am separated from Him. That’s why Jesus is necessary and that’s why He came and died and rose again, so that we can have connection with God again.
- Philippians 4:20 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven.” For those of you that feel like people don’t understand you or the way you act in accordance to your faith, or that you don’t feel fully comfortable in “normal” situations, it may very well be because we are foreigners to this world. We are used to a different place and our mentality was molded there, not here.
- Don’t make jokes about suicide, shooting yourself, rape, assault, et cetera. Those are all very real, very hard struggles for some people.
- Live in a way that does not make sense unless God exists.
- If you stop working on fixing your flaws and submit them to God, He will either fix them or turn them into strengths. Look at Peter – he was impulsive, but God used that impulsivity to call Peter, have him walk on the water, and eventually raise the church.
- The only hope of a secular belief is death. The sun eventually dies or explodes or implodes, the world eventually ends, and everything you build, improve, expand, create, and love ends with it. That is not my hope.
- Paul gave up his power as a Christian persecutor from Rome and became a prisoner. John wrote Revelation from a jail cell. All 12 apostles were persecuted and killed for sharing their faith. The Israelites were imprisoned and enslaved for over 400 years in the Old Testament. The Christian religion was never meant to be about mankind’s power. It has always been about the power of God’s grace.
- Meet others with love and open ears, not condemnation. (AKA don’t be an oval preacher)
- The love we show others is an overflow of the Father’s love for us and He will never run out.
- There is nothing you can do to make God take His love away from you.
- God doesn’t need us. He has no need for us whatsoever. What is beautiful about that, however, is that makes God able to perfectly want us without selfish motives or false intentions.
I hope some of these jumped out or you had a takeaway point from at least one of these. Thank you for taking the time to read!