Dear Fellow College Graduates,
First of all, we did it! We now have a college education. We are now adults and out in the real world. We are living on our own, working a full time job, paying rent, and free from our parents. Well, at least that we wish we were doing. A lot of us are living back at home, working at a fast food or retail place, barely paying for nights out, and still have to check in with our parents. We have all of this knowledge about a career we picked three or four years ago, but there is also something missing from our brain bank.
How do we live in the adult world?
In college, they try and tell you about the real world and what you could expect to happen. The professors use real life examples, but we sometimes we aren’t paying attention. We might have been sleeping, texting, snapchatting, or talking quietly with our friends. We miss the warnings they give us about what we should expect and when we leave the grounds of the place we called home for the last couple of years we realized we are “freshmen” again. We are the bottom of the totem pole. We are the new kids on the block. We are the interns who are running to get the office coffee, making copies, answering the phone, and spending more time on Pinterest than we care to admit.
We start comparing our situation to our parents lives when they were our age, to others our age, to our siblings, and to anyone who we view as successful. We sit at our “desk” or cubical and think we are going to be here forever. As millennials, we feel that we are meant to do more in life. We have dreams and goals that we want to achieve by the time we are 30. Some of those might be get married, have kids, have a career, own a business, have three dogs, buy a house, live in five states, and the list goes on and on. We are the dreamers in this world. We expect a lot from ourselves.
I want you all to stop, sit down, and breathe. I want you to make a list of all of your plans for the next one, five, or ten years. Whatever comes to mind, write it down.
Here is my list. I made it for the next ten to fifteen years.
Now that you have your list, I want you to take it and tear it up. Yes, I said tear it up. Throw it away.
Now, I don’t want you to think that none of yours goals will come true. I do want you to realized that they are YOUR goals and plans. They are not God’s plans for you.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you,even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
I know it is hard to swallow, but we are not here for our own gain. We are here for God’s plan. We are His and He does what he wants with us. Some of us will have all of our goals come true, some of us will only have a couple, and some of us may have none, but we need to trust His plan. He is in control of all that we do. He is the one writing our story, not us. We are the main character in a chapter of God’s book. We only take up a few pages, but He writes some pretty amazing pages about our life. We just have to relinquish our pen to Him. We may think we are great authors of this thing called life, but we don’t compare to His literacy.
The next time you think about your future. Hand God the pen. He will always take care of you. He has put you in the place and situation you are in for a purpose. You are exactly where you are supposed to be. All you need to do is trust His plan.