As the year draws near to a an end. I’ve been thinking of my list of “Things I should improve on next year”, “Things I should continue on doing next year”, “Things I should do next year” etc. Whilst writing these lists, I was reminded of you guys (the youth 🙂 ) and just thought of the things that I could’ve, should’ve done while I was in college but now don’t have the opportunity because I’ve graduated already (make sense? haha). So here goes, hope that you find this useful. 🙂
1) Don’t waste time
We only have limited time here on earth. Time flies so fast, and hopefully we will all be able to maximize this God-given opportunity for all of us. When you graduate college, your average age would have been around 19-20 years. That’s approximately 1/4 of your life already. If you just stop and think about it, that’s 25% of your life already, that’s how fast life goes by. Time’s ticking away, it won’t wait for you, it will go and continue with or without you. What are you going to do with it? Time is the most precious commodity that we have here on earth don’t waste it. 🙂
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
2) Develop a clear sense of direction and purpose in life
In line with not wasting your time, of course we would want that you spend your time and life here on earth wisely. You may not be wasting time, but you may be spending it all for the wrong reasons. Life is not just for our own self-indulgence. Don’t be someone who runs aimlessly, and have no clear direction in life. Can you imagine someone running a race and goes in all different directions? That would be weird right? You want to be focused and have a clear sense of direction in life. (It’s never too early to do this, do these things while you are in College) 🙂
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17
3) Step out in Faith
Stepping out in faith to the things that God calls you to do is a win-win situation. Let me explain:
If you don’t step out in faith to the things that God calls you to do, you will only have temporary relief. However, that relief comes with disappointing God because we lack the faith to obey him. That relief, also comes with the thought of “What if I stepped out in faith?” that may haunt your for the rest of your life.
If you, however, obey God to the things he calls you to do, then you’re assured that God’s grace will always be sufficient for you. He will fight your battles because he assures us that he will never leave nor forsake us. At the end of the day, you would’ve matured as an individual because you took that step of faith. Also after all has been said and done you would’ve been glad that you obeyed what God told you to do.
4) Prioritize your relationship with God
The three things I said above won’t make sense apart from an intimate relationship with God. Who created time after all? Wasn’t it God the creator of the heavens and the earth? Who can give you purpose and direction in life apart from God? Lastly, who’s that still small voice who calls us by name and lead us to places we’ve never been before?
Prioritize your relationship with God and I promise that the first three things I said will follow in your life. But how exactly do you do that? Simple: Read and meditate on God’s word daily, Pray to God constantly, Worship, Fellowship, Surround yourself with godly men and women of God. This may seem like basic stuff, but are you really doing it? 🙂
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20
Merry Christmas everyone! 🙂 I pray for a fruitful Christmas Break! God bless! 😀