Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Press On

Ok, so I know I am the worst blogger ever. I guess I write SO MUCH for my Writing for Print Media class that writing more stuff isn't exactly what I want to do in my free time. But, something cool happened tonight and I wanted to share. College students nearing exams... this one's for you.

For those of you who don't know, I go to North Greenville. Because the school likes to be different, our semester literally ends in 2 weeks from today, with the last day of classes being next Thursday. On my way home tonight from what was one of the most stressful nights at work, thoughts kept running through my head. "Man, I've got so much homework to do." "That project needs finished tomorrow." "I need to start my study sheet for my Econ final." "My room is destroyed and desperately needs cleaning."

I started feeling like I wouldn't be able to push through this, to come home and write a 1,000 rough draft due tomorrow (that I probably should get to work on), to finish the semester strong and get everything done that I needed to, all in time to start my 9 hours of summer classes before senior year.

Someone at work asked me tonight what my life verse was. It's Phillippians 3:14, which says "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." The apostle Paul wrote that. Wise guy, huh?

God made that person ask me what my life verse was for a reason, as a reminder. So I came home and just started looking up that verse in different translations, and I really, really liked The Message's interpretation which states "By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back."

I found this translation especially applicable for this last week and a half. I am by NO MEANS an expert on economics, graphic design, AP style, or print media writing. Seriously. However, I've got my eye on the goal, which in the short term, is simply finishing the semester. For the long term though, it's graduating and finding a job, a guy in my life to settle down with if God sees fit to make that happen, and eventually dying. Yes, that's part of the goal. Why? Because when I die, my life actually begins again, but in heaven this time - better than ever before.

So anyway, to all of you who are facing insanity in your schoolwork, job, or just daily family life, remind yourself every once in a while... "God is beckoning us onward - to Jesus." So set off running, and don't turn back. Press on.