Freshman First 40 — Day 31
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
In a world guided by cell phone navigation and Garmins, there is little need these days to look for landmarks. We rely instead on someone else’s “voice” to guide us on the journeys we take; especially spiritual journeys.
Historically, those who set off on a journey or adventure found their way by both natural and man-made markers, set in place by those who went before them. The landmarks were discernable points along the way that served to both guide and comfort the travelers so they would have confidence that they were headed in the general direction of their destination.
You have set off on this journey called “college.” There may be a number of “landmarks” you can point to that brought you this far. But now you’re striking out on a new path, one no one before you has taken exactly like you will. As you recall the landmarks that have brought you this far you may be able to hear certain voices telling you, “Do it this way!” “No, don’t do that!” “Remember what we told you…” Each of these may serve to guide you in this “foreign territory,” but they may also get in the way of you seeing (or hearing) landmarks that are meant solely for YOU.
My experience is that if you take this journey seriously you will experience tension between these voices and your own voice. There will also be plenty of new voices wanting to tell you how you “should” make this journey, that will add to the tension. It is a completely natural, and spiritually healthy, tension to feel.
My encouragement to you is to set out on this journey with great intention – look well and listen well to those voices you trust. Here’s one of the trusted and reliable landmarks that continues to serve me –
Don’t bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like
In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt like cut flowers in
Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to
Keep company with God, get in on the best.
Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with
approval at high noon. (Ps 37.1-5) The Message
Be bold and adventurous on your journey – Via con Dios!
School of Religion