Today in the classic city of Athens, GA marks a huge moment for many people – It is the first day of classes at the University of Georgia. For some it is the first time they will sit in a college classroom, for others it is the last-first day of class. For others they are sitting in a room on probation having to make great grades to keep from moving home and others are thriving and hanging on to presidential scholarships. So many thoughts and the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg – because life happens when you walk out of the classroom.
My thoughts on today really have a lot of emotions for me. For me – my focus is on the freshmen. I wish that I could communicate clearly the reality that the choices that are made in the next 2 weeks will decide your year and most likely your college career. You will chose where you will hang out, who you will hang out with, what you will do, who you will be, and so much more.
As I sit and think about being a freshman, I think of a lot of decisions that I made – some great, and many not-so-great. I do not write this to discount the people that I met and the experiences we had – some people I met were unbelievable people – but at the end of the day I made a lot of choices that I wish I would have never made.
So, as many of you go off to school for the first time – this is my prayer for college freshmen:
As you walk into class for the first time, I pray that you will have firm convictions about what you believe, who you are, and more importantly whose you are. I pray that in the classroom you will go out of your way to be a great student and to do everything, including school, as though you are doing it for God and not for men.
I pray that as you leave the classroom and into your new life of freedom, that you will realize that you real freedom comes from Christ and what He did for you on the cross. I pray that you will find people to hang out with that will encourage you and build you up. I pray that you find a group of believers to hang out with and that you get plugged into a local church in your new home town.
As you find yourself stuck making choices in the moment, I pray that you will be firm in your convictions and that you will make decisions that will honor your heavenly father. I pray that you will spend time alone with your father and that your faith will be deep so when these decisions arise you will not sway from what you believe.
Lastly I pray that you will have a blast. I pray that you will enjoy the community and the relationships you will build. I pray that you will learn skills that will enhance you the rest of your life. I pray that you find things you really enjoy and that you will make memories of a lifetime.
But most importantly I pray that for the next four years you make decisions that will lead you to reward and not to regret!