Wednesday, September 29, 2010

To Glorify God

First off, I would like to thank my lovely friends for contributing to this month’s topic. This isn’t an easy subject to discuss, and I am very grateful for how graciously each girl has shared her opinions. As I read, edited, and posted each article, I realized that my personal opinion of college is a combination of all three. With that, here we go. :)

The Westminster shorter catechism asks one of the most important questions regarding the Christian life. “What is the chief end of man?” In other words, what is our purpose on earth? Why are we here? The answer is simply, and yet beautifully put: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Have you ever told yourself that? Have you ever said, “God created me solely to bring glory to Him. To enjoy Him. Forever.” We were not created to find ultimate enjoyment in money, possessions, power, acceptance, or college as evidenced by the emptiness that fills us when we try to find ultimate satisfaction in these worldly, trivial things. We were created to find complete enjoyment and ultimate satisfaction in God, and it is at this level of adoration that we glorify Him most.

While all of this is very important, it may seem a wee bit off topic, but it isn’t. :) In fact our calling to glorify God and enjoy Him forever has absolutely everything to do with deciding whether or not you should go to college. Like Lauren mentioned in “Will We Follow?” God calls different people to different areas of life. Some girls he may call to college, some he may call to stay at home. Neither decision is inherently sinful.

I think when making this decision it is important to take three things into consideration.

1.) Talk to your parents.

Proverbs 1:8 “Listen my song to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland for your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”

The Lord has put parents in our lives so that we can have someone who is older and wiser than us, and who has our best interest in mind. I would strongly encourage that you talk with your parents. Be open to what they have to say,

2.) Have a reason.

“Mom, why can’t I go??? Everyone else is going” “Because, I said so. Besides, if all of your friends went and jumped off a cliff would you do it? Of course not!” “Mom! That’s different.”

As Elizabeth mentioned “don’t just go to go.” And you certainly should not do it just because everyone else is doing it. In the same way you would not jump off a cliff with your friends, don’t make your decision based on what everyone around you is doing. God has a plan that has been specifically designed for you.

3.) Have a plan

You would never go cliff jumping without a parachute, or some sort of gear. In the same way, you should not leap into college (or homemaking) without a plan. If you decide to go to college I would encourage you to find a church body and a family that will hold you accountable and keeping absorbed in the Lord. If you decide to stay home, I would strongly encourage you to set up a schedule.

i.e. A friend of mine has decided to take each “quarter” and attempt to master a form of homemaking. Her first four quarters include cooking, sewing, managing finances, and gardening. I’m not saying everyone should do this, but I think it’s important to set up a plan.

With all things considered, remember that while we may “plan our course, the Lord determines our footsteps.” One thing that I constantly have to remind myself is that I am exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment. In my personal experience when I focus on that simple truth, it encourages me to use the most of every moment and bring glory to God in whatever I can. Don’t get me wrong, I fall short all the time, but I believe that if we focus on “glorifying God and enjoying Him forever” it will make things that we may think trivial, frustrating, or even stressful a little easier to handle.

So in conclusion: Pray, talk to your parents, have a reason, have a plan, and never forget: everything that happens in our lives, whether we go to college or not, is all part of God’s master plan for each one of our lives. :)

Belle Schuler 


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