9/15/13

College Expectations - Part II

Last week I reveled in the fact that College students have a lot of expectations when they show up, but in some instances college students have no idea what to expect. Recently counselors have been faced with the obstacle of preparing students for college. The problem is that many of these students don’t know what exactly to expect. It is said that a significant number of students arrive at college “lost.” It’s easy for us to say that we know what the road ahead has in store, but in reality we’re all walking down a dark path. In fact, God has promised us that we have no idea what tomorrow has in store.


This comically reminds me of a “conundrum-like” philosophy statement. There is the idea that there are no absolutes, which in itself is an absolute. Similarly, in this instance we can know that we will always not-know what the future holds. Essentially the only thing that we know will happen tomorrow is that we won’t know exactly what will happen tomorrow.

A few months ago a man won the lottery. This isn’t that big of news, except for the fact that this man was 98 years old! He had been playing the lottery for a very long time and finally hit the jack-pot. Unfortunately he died the very next day. The one thing that you can know for certain about tomorrow is that you know nothing for certain about tomorrow.

Last time I mentioned just 4 things expected of us: be humble, be patient, start giving, never stop loving.
Today I want to give you a list of things that you can expect from God.

1.      God will light the way
a.       2 Samuel 22:29 – “You are my lamp, o LORD; the lord turns my darkness into light
b.      Remember when I mentioned that we are just walking blindly down a dark path? God is literally the light that has guided his children for millennia. In the Old Testament God showed himself as a pillar of fire when he led the Jews out of Egypt. At one point, God literally was a light on a dark path. For the rest of us he is our daily light. The world is a dark place, and each time we consult him a light shines us in the right direction.
2.      Community on Earth
a.       Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
b.      God didn’t just make man, he made man and woman. I’m not saying that everyone needs to run off and get into a dating relationship, but everyone needs to have some sort of relationship in general. This is no excuse for men to find community with women and vice versa. God specifically made it so that men have similar thoughts, and women have similar thoughts. Strive for community within your gender. A guy could not easily open up to a girl about his true struggles and the same applies for girls opening up to guys. We are surrounded by Christians, but in most cases we thrive on individuality. I hear a lot of students say that they can’t make any “good” friends. The truth of the matter is that you will attract those most like you. When you are in line with God, expect great community to follow.
3.      Love
a.       Romans 5:8 – “but God showed his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
b.      First off, this is amazing. Secondly, this should be utterly uplifting. We sometimes get glued to the idea that we can lose God’s love, and it traps us from making spiritual progress. God loving us is an absolute.
4.      Expect God to give you a chance to share the gospel
a.       Matthew 24:14 – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

b.      Every action you make can either glorify or insult God. That’s a hard statement, but it’s a true one. Christians on earth are God’s “physical” hands and feet. He uses us to transport the gospel everywhere. This includes everyone from your science teacher to that kid that sits alone in the cafĂ©. Most of the time we represent God by performing loving actions without expecting anything in return. However, there are those beautiful moments where you get to talk directly about Christ. Search for those moments every minute, and every day.

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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.