The future will be better.
That’s what I tell myself when school feels irrelevant, or life seems dull and unchanging, or I seem dull and unchanging.
In high school, I wanted to go far away to college to gain independence and maturity, to finally start the rest of my life.
In varying degrees, I had the same expectations when I transferred to the Upland campus, when I interned at Focus on the Family, and each time I changed my major. Now, YWAM is that grand, life-changing future that’s surely better than the monotonies and the stresses and the insecurities of the present.
But I don’t want to pin all my hopes and dreams on any one future experience, be it an internship, a spring break trip, or even a five-month DTS. I’m very much looking forward to these things, it’s true, but I don’t want to just slide my way through the weeks and months in between, rushing through them as fast as I can to reach the next high that much sooner.
My DTS could be more than a year away. That’s 5% of my life. That’s significant. That’s too much time to just sit out.
So much can happen in these months, so many opportunities, if I widen my vision a little and expect God to do big things.
I’m notorious for starting my end-of-semester countdown early, and for Excel-ing my next-semester schedule months in advance.
But life isn’t about just getting to the next thing.
It’s not about skipping past all the parts that seem boring or hard (a la Joey and his life clock :)). I don’t have to wait until college is over to start my adventure with God; He can work just as well in small-town Indiana as He can overseas. “Familiar” doesn’t have to equal “boring.”
Don’t just dream about the future. Live in the present.