Being only three years removed from high school and dead in the center of college studies, I still remember the one defining question that almost every high schooler gets asked at least 25 times. “What are you doing after you graduate high school?” This question is usually followed up with more pointed questions such as, “Are you going to college? Where? What will you study?” I remember being asked this my freshman year and thinking, “Come on, I JUST started this thing, how am I supposed to know what I’m doing after I finish it?!”
We put an unusual amount of pressure on knowing where we are going, what we will do when we get there, and what we will be. We don’t put enough focus on where we are now.
This pressure of knowing exactly what you are going to do leads to another defining feeling of the average high-schooler—that feeling of wanting to go “out there”, or often times just, “somewhere else than here”.
I ran into a very old friend of mine about a year ago that I hadn’t seen since we were in 7th grade together. We talked some small-talk, and got caught up on some of the events from the last few years. Without even being prompted, I started talking about where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do, and how much I wanted to do it all. He paused and then said, “You know, that’s super great man! But don’t be so anxious to get going that you look past why God has you right here, right where you are. He has you here for a reason.” For me, that was a “lightbulb” moment.
Jesus speaks of being anxious in the 25th chapter of Matthew, verses 25 to 34. In the last verse he says, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (NKJV).
This doesn't mean that you should slack from planning whatsoever, as that would be silly and detrimental to yourself. The point is, don’t worry so much about where will you be “then”, and what your career field will be “then”. We should talk to our God, read his instructional Word every day, and ask him how we can be used for his glorification NOW. The Lord has you exactly where he wants you to be; look out for opportunities.
I leave you with this short experience I had: In my first week of school this year, I was standing at a crowded bus stop. I was thinking of both how much I missed home, the “good ole days”, and my old friends, as well as the future, where I was headed with my life, and what I wanted to accomplish. I felt a strong tug on my conscience that snapped me out of it. I thank God for that tug, because I was so focused on both my future and past, that I almost missed the homeless man at the bus stop who needed someone to talk to. Keep your eyes up and be watchful for opportunities!
Love you all!