College is not easy. I have only been here for 11 days and I have already learned that. With all this freedom comes a lot of responsibility. Yes, it is everything I dreamed it would be and more, but the most important thing I learned, from what seems like day one, is that college is not all sunshine and rainbows. Literally, in Cleveland it rains a lot. But I am not here to complain in the slightest. The problems I am facing are all learning experiences and in that, I can find joy.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
I am extraordinarily blessed to be at Lee. When I walk through my beautiful campus to a beautiful communications building where I receive my higher education from an excellent staff I am blessed in countless ways. The thing about those mornings is that I am still tired and being at Lee doesn’t change that. At Lee I have an adorable dorm room and my roommate is hilarious and we are having a blast together. That still doesn’t mean that I don’t miss my parents or the comfort of home. I have homework, responsibilities, and meetings to attend and all of those things can be overwhelming.
The thing that makes the imperfections of college a joy is the outcome of it all. Every reading assignment, tired morning, and night away from home is a learning experience that will ultimately help me to grow into the woman of God I am supposed to be. It brings me joy knowing that I will work in a great field and that I now better understand communication. It brings me joy knowing that I am learning how to have an adult relationship with my parents. It brings me joy learning how to keep up with life on my own. I can’t do it alone of course, but with the help of the God who got me here, I am becoming wiser and seeing how he is working in my life.
An important part of this process is attitude. At the leadership conference I attended this week we talked about how you can have all of the talent, ability, brilliance, or legacy in the world but if you have an apathetic or negative attitude you will lose all of that. Having a positive attitude can multiple your strengths. Using your gifts with a positive attitude is the quickest way to make a difference and gain perspective.
In a marriage, you cannot just marry the right person and never have to do any work for your marriage to be healthy. The same thing goes for your school or your job or any aspect of your life. With work, a good attitude, and a focus on Christ, you can find joy in the place you are at. If you expect things to be easy you won’t only be disappointed, you will never grow.
Find joy in the times where things aren’t perfect. Those are the times that God will work in your life so that you can grow. I don’t want to be the same person I was August 14th and I know I am going to have to go through some adversity in order to graduate the woman I was called to be. Bring it on.