Let’s just clear that up.
Finals, for all the bad mojo we attribute them, do at least one really good thing. They help us to realize how much we have learned over the semester.
I just want to do a quick review of what I’ve learned this semester. I had to shorten it by quite a bit because life happened this semester and life is hard to summarize.
Don’t be afraid to be busy.
I was incredibly busy this semester but looking back, I wouldn’t have changed any of it. I had incredible experiences in the Honors Program, on Trailblazer staff, being a track/cross country manager, being in the musical, blogging, being on improv team, and doing classes for two majors.
I loved it.
I learned not to be afraid of being busy. Being busy meant I got to meet an incredible amount of people on this campus and when I look back on the semester I know that I got a lot done.
Coach Wiens, the track/cross country coach, said to me this semester that God gave us our bodies and our minds so that we could use them. That really stuck with me.
Don’t be afraid to have a little school spirit.
“We’re all in this together,” the elementary school girl who was secretly in love with High School Musical in side of me chants.
I love loving this school. I love investing in our community.
When we are proud of this place and show support it is showing support for not only our athletes but for everyone who works to make the school what we know it to be.
We show pride in our coffee shop workers, library staff, the people who make our food, people who make our campus beautiful, professors, student and professional workers of all kinds who invest their lives in this school.
I have invested my life into this school and I love others who have invested their lives. So yes, I will be MNU’s super fan and actually enjoy every minute of it.
Don’t be afraid to date an awesome, hilarious, fun-loving, supportive and generally incredible person.
If you find one you happen to like and they happen to like you as well…well then enjoy it. Go through life with another person who makes you smile and who isn’t afraid to tell you what you don’t want to hear.
Find somebody who is willing to fight with you in order to make a relationship work and somebody who is willing to go through life with you desperately seeking God’s help for every step because neither of you have life quite figured out yet and that’s ok.
Don’t be afraid to have a best friend like that. Don’t be afraid to have a romantic relationship like that. People are awesome and letting them into your life can bring out a part of you that you would have never seen on your own.
Don’t be afraid of things going wrong.
The dumb stuff that you do doesn’t define who you are it just explains a moment of time which shaped you. Little things, big things, it doesn’t matter. Our identity is in Christ and a sea of stupid choices is not even a drop compared to the great grace and love of the God we define ourselves by.
Don’t be afraid to explore.
My friends and I explored down town Kansas City and it led to a huge passion for ministry in that area being awakened.
Exploring new things, ideas, or places can be a bit un-nerving but it’s something we have to do if we ever want anything new to happen in our lives.
Also just explore Kansas City, it’s really cool down there. Be proud of where we are.
Don’t be afraid to depend on other people.
We were created in the image of a God who by definition is in community with himself. We were thus created to be in a community, created to need one another and when we operate in a way in which we were created to operate God is glorified.
When doing theater, you have to depend on everybody- actors, costumers, light technicians, sound technicians, back stage crew members, the set designer, the set builders, the director, the stage manager, and anybody else whose work went into the show. In the end, the product is something that was previously impossible individually but made possible by working together and depending on each other.
So I will try to make the most of life after finals by remembering what was learned, what relationships were gained this semester. My prayer for this week is that I will be profoundly thankful for the gift of education and what life I have lived.