Before You Leave for Summer...
Are we here already? Sometimes it felt like it would take forever. But now that were here, we wonder how we got here so fast. A whole year of college full of memories lived to the fullest and gone so soon!
You know, in the future, youre going to spend many, many nights thinking about what youve experienced this year remembering the friends (and even those other characters) who were such an important part of your life. As a person who spent seven semesters as a university senior (not because I didnt pass, but because I still wanted to learn more), I can assure youthat is an absolute fact!
I know youve been up to your neck in quizzes and tests all year. When I see a list of questions today, I have to fight the instinct to turn and run. But just for fun, Ive listed a few things I think youll enjoy looking back on now that will continue to warm the tender pockets of your mind for the rest of your life.
You really should take the time. For me, there were so many people who were important who played a special role in my life who Id give my right arm to be able to tell how much their lives affected mine! But I didnt think about telling them then to be honest, I was so busy then that I didnt even know myself how important they were to me!
And I wonder: would it have changed anything in my lifeor in theirsif I had said something then? Would it make any difference, anywhere, if I could tell them now?
Youre probably still on campus. Your friends may still be around. I know this is a long read for the Internet, so I suggest you print this page out and go over it slowly, leisurely, when its convenient for you. How can you lose, by looking back on fond memories of the obvious (and sometimes not-so-obvious) treasures youve come across this year. Ill leave room for you to write in your personal answers. Look them over when youre through, and think about whether you want to share anything on the list with anyone special. Then, you can decide if you should keep the list, shred it, or burn it!
What will you remember most about this year?
What will you remember most about your friends?
What (and whom) have you changed?
This isnt for anyone else but you. You dont need to turn it in to anyone, get a grade on it, or worry about getting the right or wrong answers. But since these questions are about you putting the answers on paper could help you discover something about yourself which could be a huge benefit.
What a year this has been! And whether you knew it or not, God has been there with you, right by your side, ready to help and reach out to you whenever you called on Him. More than anything else, I hope you know Him personally, and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.
I pray that this year has been valuable to you as a person, productive in preparing you to reach your goals, and fruitful as a time of growth in your spirit and your relationship with God! Please feel free to write or e-mail us if we can answer any questions you have about God, the Bible, or what lifes really all about.
Keep safe through the summer! God bless you!