Why I said no to College

The one thing I find so interesting when people find out that I dropped out of college is that they expected it. They did not expect it because I wasn’t smart or they didn’t think I could do it. They expected it because I sought so much advice and they knew I was unsure of it. They expected it because just by knowing me they knew it didn’t fit me. I knew college did not fit any of the desires I had for my life. Here is a counter cultural truth, college is not for everyone. I love school. I love learning. However, I felt trapped in a lie that if I did not go to college I would no longer be smart and I would not be learning. Wisdom comes from the Lord. What knowledge are we seeking? Where is our truth found? 2 Timothy 3:7 says “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth.” Wow. This is a verse that marks our generation. You spend twelve years from the time you are six years old to eighteen in a school from eight to three. What have you learned? You know the alphabet to algebra but have you learned of Jesus? You graduate highschool and even if you do not know what you want to do with your life you go to college. You spend four years there. You go and you seek a job or continue on in your education. What have you learned? You now know business management and calculus, but do you know the word of God? I am not saying college is bad. College can be a tool that the Lord uses. Knowledge is good. The point I am trying to make though is as christians what knowledge are we seeking? We put so much emphasis on getting an education and not enough on seeking the wisdom of the Lord. We don’t put enough emphasis on living the life the Lord calls us to live whether that has college in it or not. Success comes from the Lord. What are we letting define success? As I become closer to Christ my desires change and are refined into His. What is important to God becomes important to me. His word is our guide for life and as I study it I see things that are highlighted in what I am to be doing. What is my purpose in life? To know Christ and to make Him known. The great commission, to preach the gospel to all the world. To be in fellowship with Him. Marriage. Family. To be a productive member of society. To work, to eat. To provide for my family and to be a caretaker of my home. To be a father to the fatherless and love the orphans and widows. While there are many more, these are among the most important. These are what define success in God’s eyes. Every person is different. My number one goal and desire in this life is to be a wife and a mom. Marriage is the only human relationship that depicts the gospel most clearly. I want to create a home full of comfort and open to a hurting world. I want to do kingdom work raising little men and women that know Jesus and are unashamed of the gospel. I want to love the hurting. I want to take in the orphans. I want to farm. I want to homestead. I want to be a homemaker. I have a heart for foster care. I love Jesus and babies. I am about to get married. I do not need college to learn these things. College is not for me. College may not be for you. College may be for you. However, as christians college does not define our success, Jesus does. We do not shape our dreams and then let Jesus fit into them. We let Jesus rule our life and create our dreams and we pursue Him in all that we do for Him. If you are a stay at home mom and never went to college, you are not a failure, you are doing kingdom work. If you are going to college you can live for Him and be better equipped to serve Him more. If you chose not to go to college and you are just working, serving, and loving, you are pleasing the Savior. Our purpose and identity is not found in what we do, but who we are in Christ. & jesus already defined that when He died on the cross.

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