Prayer: Father, as I open your Word today and seek your guidance in preparing for college, I ask that you will be the center of it all. Help me to focus in this time on what you want me to hear. Remove all my distractions and prepare me for what lies ahead. Amen.
Devotional: Preparing for college can be different things for different people. For some, perhaps it is an exciting time of exploration and freedom. A time to discover who you are and begin finding your place in the world. For others, it might be hard to leave home. Moving away from supportive friends and family for a life full of new people and challenges can be a scary thing. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of emotions that this transition causes, know that God loves you and is going to take care of you. Banking on this, even when it doesn’t seem to be true, will be the key to your success.
A wise man once said, “It isn’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep on going.” Yes, this is a quote from Rocky Balboa, and I think it fits in perfectly with transitioning to college. As you begin your freshman year, your will experience a lot of change. Relationships with family and friends from home will change, for better and worse. You will build new relationships at school, perhaps more quickly or slowly than anticipated. College classes are different than high school and everyone handles that adjustment differently. And then there is the fact that you are expected to function as an independent, responsible adult, for perhaps the first time in your life.
At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what is happening in our lives. No matter what seems to be changing or how lonely or hard things might feel, God is always there. As Christians, we are called to serve Him no matter what.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” This is my go-to verse in times of struggle, and in times of laziness for me. Whether I am dealing with a difficult friend, struggling with a frustrating situation, or merely searching for motivation to do my homework, this verse reminds me of my purpose. As you enter IWU, never forget this purpose. Your mission is to honor God in your heart, mind and soul. Through your actions, words, and thoughts we are called to glorify Him, no matter what the circumstances. If you take this challenge seriously, God will use you to do some really cool things this year.
Prayer: God, help me to submit to your will on a moment-by-moment basis. Govern my thoughts, words, and actions and guide me so that they will all be glorifying to you. Support me through any trials and changes that I will face this year, and let the way that I handle them point others towards you. Thank you for loving me and always taking care of me. No matter what. Amen.
Nathan York is a rising junior in the JWHC, studying Christian Ministries through IWU’s Kern Program.