You made it! Exams are finished, final projects and dissertations submitted, last presentations completed.Some of you are relieved, others a bit sad because it’s over and that means change.
Your work will actually count next year,or you’re approaching your dreaded third year and your dissertation, or you’re graduating and moving onto new things. Wherever you are, you are leaving something behind and moving into something new. Even if you don’t realise it, now is a good time to consider leaving well. (I suggest grabbing a pen and paper about now.)
Take a minute to reflect on this year. Remember the things that worried you and prayers you made. Take stock of how God has worked in your life. Sometimes we don’t see how much we’ve grown until we stop and remember. (Maybe just spend some time writing this down.)
Thank God for all that. Thank God for his faithfulness, even for the hard things, because the hard times really remind us of how much we really need to rely on God.
With that personal history of God’s love and faithfulness, pray about your future. Offer God everything, those fears and uncertainties about what’s coming, because His faithfulness toward you never changes.
Perhaps it’s time to choose to leave certain things behind as well. Maybe a new chapter in your life means kicking that habit of just watching Netflix or playing Fifa all day long, or drinking too much on nights out, or putting regular exercise routines in place. Perhaps you want to leave behind a way of thinking or expectations, self-critical thinking, pride, fear, caring so much about how others perceive you. New chapters means that something is closing for something else to open. Ask the Spirit what He’s asking you to leave behind as you move forward with Him.
The beautiful thing is that we never say goodbye to something without saying hello to something new. The adventure doesn’t end with graduating from uni--it just changes. Life with Jesus is always a big adventure, trusting each day that He will use you to build His kingdom, wherever that is and however that looks.
I’m not saying that transition is easy, or that you will find the next chapter a walk in the park, but it is possible to be content wherever you find yourself, as you fix your eyes on Him.
Paul writes, "I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (Phil 4 MSG)
Get excited, friends, the best is yet to come as we adventure with the One who makes us who we are!
Monica Godfrey is a Student Forgee who came to the Belfrey while pursuing her masters in modern literature at York Uni.