The "real world" is quickly approaching. I've been in school my entire life. It's the only culture I really know, and I've gotten pretty good at the "school" routine. Listen, take notes, study, apply, test, repeat. It's pretty well defined.
- Preschool lasted 2 years.
- Elementary school: 4 years.
- Intermediate school lasted 3 years.
- Junior High (in Pekin) was a 2 year school.
- High School was 4 years.
- Undergraduate also lasted 4 years.
At work, each of us has been asked to put together a "Personal Growth Plan." We're identifying specific goals for spiritual, financial, familial (is that a word?), vocational, ministerial, physical, and intellectual growth. My friend Bill says that In order for God to do great things through us, we must first allow him to do great things in us. I think I'm ready to be stretched into this real-world thing.
Here are some verses on this topic that really spoke to my heart this week:
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection ..." Hebrews 6:1
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ..." Ephesians 4:14-15
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize..." 1 Corinthians 9:24
"Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly." 1 Timothy 4:7
"Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." Luke 5:16
It's obvious to me that Jesus had a strategy for surviving the "real world". He made sure he was spending time with His father. I intend on following His example.
How about you? Friends out there who have already graduated -- any tips for those of us preparing to make the transition?