We were serving together at church and she was just bubbling over with joy for the crowd of people being Baptized. Her enthusiasm was certainly contagious.
After talking with her for a while, I discovered she is in her third year at the local university and hoping to receive an internship position at our church over the summer. She told me that she knew she was still young, but that she just felt such a strong call to ministry. I stood in awe of this young girl, in the midst of what I would deem as one of the most confusing and helpless times of a person’s life, she already has a clear vision of God’s calling on her life and she has plans to run after it!
I began to think back to my own college experience, a time before I ever knew Jesus.
College for me was all about self-fulfillment and self-discovery. My problem was, no matter what I did, I never found my fulfillment and never discovered me. College students really do have life thrown at them from every possible direction. Anything and everything is readily available to these vulnerable young adults eager to feel established in a grown up world.
Having the world at your doorstep isn’t really as great as it may seem when you don’t have a clear vision of your future. When you’ve got a hundred different decisions to make every day, but no reasoning behind why you make them, then how do you really know why you do the things you do? “Try this, don’t try that, do this, don’t do that, go here, stay away from there, say this, do that, wear these, read this, buy that, apply for this, date him, don’t date her, take this class, work for that company, live here, drive this,” and the list goes on and on. It’s no wonder college can be such a confusing time.
I made countless decisions during my college years that had no rhyme or reason, and in the end, added no value to the life God wanted me to pursue. I wonder if my experience was really that much different from those of most other people? But wouldn’t it be great if there were more young people like the friend I made today who have trusted their lives and their futures to God? What would the world be like if we, as believers, spent more time equipping these young go-getters, eager to live life, to go out into the world and experience the abundant life that God has promised them? How many more lives would be impacted and how much farther could God’s kingdom reach if we spent time helping these young people get on the right track right from the start?
Lives could be impacted in amazing ways if we just step up and take the time to disciple these young adults. By sharing some life lessons and helping them understand how to find and pursue God’s vision for their lives at a young age we could create such a huge movement for God’s kingdom. Let’s equip this generation to do big things for God!
Check out the e&e blog for some great resources to help this generation step into their calling.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright, He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.” Psalm 92: 12-15.
Blessings and love,