4 Years of Misery or Freedom

How is it that some people got on the Senior Housemaster’s ‘Wanted’ list all the time? They just seemed to get on the wrong side every time. Or those who were always arraigned before DC?  They just seemed to play contrary to the rulebook.

You see, if you don’t apply wisdom in life, you’ll always get into trouble. You’ll always become the victim. And you’ll always cry out ‘Why me?’ Conversely, when you’re wise, you’ll always make the right decisions, avoid a lot of problems and you will smile your way through life daily. 

That does not mean problems or challenges will not come but your response to them will bring you out stronger and wiser.

There are generally two kinds of students:

Those who merely go to school

Those who go to school for a purpose

The former are those who just pass through ‘to see’ if this ‘schooling thing’ will work. They often get themselves entangled in the wrong stuff, because they get bonded with the wrong company. Eventually, they learn very little after all the years they spend in school.

On the other hand, the latter know that they are on a mission. They are focused and channel their time and energy in the right places. Eventually, not only do they come out excellent, they also have a good name both among their peers and the elderly.

Coming to school with the wrong motive can harm you. The university is a liberal place. There is little supervision over you as to what you should or should not do. It is thus good to keep things in the right perspective. Have a definite plan of what you want to achieve at the end of your four-year stay on campus. 

The Bible says the path of the just is as the shining light which shines more and more unto the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18). Who is the just? The just is the one who lives by faith in Christ- the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17). Your life has been programmed for unending success and progress. However, your choices will determine whether or not you will walk in the light of it. During your stay on campus, you can decide to enjoy a life of freedom, or to endure a life of misery. Your choices will determine the outcome.

If you’re reading this today, it’s because God wants you to know that He wants all of you. The Bible says you were bought at a price (1 Corinthians 6:18). You’re expensive! It cost God Jesus, His only Son, to purchase you. As such you no longer own yourself. The Bible says you are not your own (2 Corinthians 5:15). You therefore cannot live for yourself any longer; because there is a new Master, a new Lord! That’s Jesus.

If you’re not Christ’s, you can live anyhow, because the devil’s your dad! However, if you ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life, you cease to be in control of your own life. 

You need this understanding in order to have your focus tuned properly.  For example, you do not need a ‘partner’ as you journey through each level of your stay on campus. It is not supposed to be your priority. That everybody is doing it does not mean you’re also obliged to do so: “…be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2). A ‘partner’ will only increase your workload. It’s useless to get involved in what married couples do right now! It will only bring shame, misery and guilt to you. Stay away from all forms of sexual immorality! This is not the time to be searching for ‘the one’. What you should do is focus on getting matured as an individual. Maturity serves as one of the fundamental blocks for a successful marriage. Marriage is not for boys and girls! Study the Word to improve your character, your speech, and your life! The Word of God will refine you! It will give you a new mindset!

Channel your energies towards studying, meditating on the Word, praying, serving the Lord, building others up and making an impact! You’ll be amazed at how you’ll be supernaturally connected to that special person in due course.

If you want four years (as well as a lifetime) of freedom, stick to the Word as you do your academic work. Listen to and obey the Holy Spirit; He’s the Giver of liberty.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 

(John 8:36 KJV)

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