To the Graduating Senior: Love Lindsey
Hi Friends! So this month I decided to have a friend of mine share her wisdom with us on the topic of transitioning from college to life. She and I were random roommates my sophomore year and have been close friends ever since. So give it up for Lindsey Powers! (applause, applause)
There was nothing I was more sure of… I was going to go away for college. I didn’t question the process one bit; I just knew deep, deep down I was. It was an assurance that can only be explained by the One who wrote it into my story: Jesus—my Jesus. From the first day of hearing about my alma mater to right now, I walk in peace, confident of God’s provision over that specific journey.
You’ve probably heard people refer to their college experience as “The best years of my life!” And I totally agree with them. I wouldn’t trade my three years of college for nothing, and if I could re-live some of those days, I would in a heartbeat.
College is a unique and thrilling season to be in. For the first time (kind of-sort of-not really), YOU are calling the shots. YOU are choosing what to study. YOU are picking your friends. YOU are making your schedules. YOU are in charge, so it seems. But… reality and time catch up with you and you find yourself on the brink of adulthood. You are gathering up the pieces of what has been and transforming it into that specific something that will be.
The transition from college to adulthood is not easy nor is it the preferred option. The question changed from “What are you going to major in?” to “Where are you going to find a job?” And yes, I was just like you and got those questions asked to me about a million times. However, there was only One thing that got me through: Jesus—my Jesus.
Everyone’s transition from college to adulthood is going to be different. God doesn’t write the same story twice, nor does He care to. He wrote your story for your development, for your strength, for your good. The gifts, callings and abilities He has placed over your life are distinctive to you; and will come to fruition in due time. Culture has done a fantastic job of making us minimize our potential and dreams at the sake of comparison. This is our biggest problem as we enter adulthood.
I would love to sit with you and talk about the transitions you are experiencing from college to adulthood or that you have recently experienced. I would love to help you make a game plan, reason through your options, and talk about tangible goals. I would love to bring peace to a weary heart or bring clarity to what is ahead for you. However, I can’t offer much. I can just encourage you from what I have lived through.
As I started the transition from college to adulthood, I was well prepared. I knew what I wanted and how I was going to get there. I had all my different plans lined up ready to attack the one that I wanted most. As God began to open doors and as I sought to be faithful to Him, I found myself living “my dream”. I was given a job that took care of my basic needs, I had my own place, and I was actively plugged into the church. One year in, I resigned. All of this came at the expense of my calling. This is our biggest problem in adulthood.
In that one year, God worked so hard to challenge and mold my heart to become more like His. Deep rooted issues were revealed, lies were exposed, and dreams were revived. Although I found myself back where I started just a year prior, one thing was different—my calling. A month later, I was standing at the door of my calling and walked through it.
My story, just like yours has a lot of variables and unknowns. One thing God has shown me in the soon to be two years of “adulting” is that…
There is more.
There are more decisions to be made.
More friendships to be formed.
God has more for you than college.
More for you than adulthood.
He has Heaven.
He has Jesus—our Jesus.
May you battle through and “Consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Jesus Christ took hold of me. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God called my heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3.8, 12, 14
Lindsey loves following after the heartbeat of God. She lives in the desert and still just as white. She laughs at her own jokes and can be found eating a bowl of chips and salsa.