Embrace it. Praise Jesus for it.
It has been approximately 4,406,400 seconds from the start of college. In case you were wondering, that accumulates one month and 19 days. In these seconds of life, it’s hard to remember to EMBRACE it and PRAISE JESUS for it. That has been something heavy on my heart lately … embracing every moment given because in a blink of an eye, it all could be taken away. Since August 19th, my life went 0-60 in three seconds and I haven’t looked back! Every prospective student of a university imagines their life in a year from now. For me, I wondered about the friendships I would make, the classes I would take, the late nights that I would experience, but most of all, the career that my life would be consumed of. College has been an accumulation of surprises and expectations being met. If there is one piece of advice I could give to anyone, that would be to allow the Lord to use you in every situation that you’re in. Have an open mind and an open heart and embrace it. Be open to friendships that you never dreamed of making, because my friends, you will go down an incredible path that you never thought could be, and your eyes will be broadened to the blessings of vulnerability. So, what actually am I encouraging you to embrace and praise Jesus for? All of the little things in life. As I have spent a little less than two months at OBU, there has been an abundance of joy with a little stress attached.
As I was talking to my “3AM friend” the other day, I was telling her about how I have been striving to embrace each and every moment that college is bringing me .. YES! Even the moments that you wouldn’t necessarily take a step back at and embrace. I’ve realized the joy the Lord brings when you do just that. Honestly, IT IS HARD SOMETIMES! College is in full-blown motion now and I’ve never taken harder tests and I’ve never been on such a time-crunch organized schedule in my life. College … it’s another level of challenge, but everyday, I strive to embrace it. Some days you wake up and it’s two minutes till the professor is bloviating about a topic that you honestly could live without, and there’s others where it’s DEFINITELY your day and you have time to take the shower that didn’t happen the day before because studying was priority, but what ever the case may be, step back and embrace it because the world isn’t stopping for you to get a grip of what life is. College is by no means easy, but guess what? It’s one of the greatest journeys you will ever go on in life. For me, Oklahoma Baptist University has given me the journey of a lifetime. I am about two months in and I stand in FULL confidence of that.
JOY isn’t something that you can go look for and find, but in fact, it’s something that lives within you by the grace of Jesus Christ. Man oh man! … it’s such a simple subject, but it can be so hard to let that resonate within our souls. So, I encourage whoever you are, what ever the situation may be, life is beautiful and fragile, so live every day like it’s your last with Christ Jesus radiating from you. No thing of this world should be in comparison to the hope that Christ gave us. Find joy in things that aren’t easy, because know that you are growing to be a better and stronger person to stand in this world. It’s not easy, but for me, I am so grateful for the support that I have received from OBU and the people that I have met along side me, because without them, this stage of growth would feel a little more lonely, and a little less graceful. My heart could never love a place more than I love Oklahoma Baptist University, and even on the hard exam days, or the jammed packed late study nights, my heart is overflowing of joy and praise because God has allowed me to see His beauty and power through Oklahoma Baptist University.