My daughter, husband and I just got back from our first official trip to look at colleges. First of all, I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. Second, I want to go back to college. But I digress. Of all the things that surprised me about this trip, the thing that surprised me the most was the college students I came into contact with. Their excitement, enthusiasm, and passion for what they were studying and what they were hoping to do with their degrees was absolutely contagious. With all the discouraging words being shouted by talk radio and the news media about the state of our union, it was so refreshing to hear positivity and hopefulness coming from these perky tour guides and students.
Maybe you still have the enthusiasm you did when you were 21, and the world was your oyster. Maybe you are at mid-life and are rethinking how you want to move forward with your time, energy and passions. Maybe you are feeling really hopeful right now, or maybe you need a reminder of hope with all the uncertainty that life as an adult brings.
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said,
“You and I have been created for greater things. We have not been created to just pass through this life without aim. And that greater aim is to love and be loved. Give yourself fully to God, who will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness. Never think that a small action done to your neighbor is not worth much. It is not how much we do that is pleasing to God, but how much love we put into the doing.”
So maybe we aren’t going to conquer the world like we thought we would when we were in college. But we can still find that “greater thing” that God has created uniquely for each one of us. And I have to keep reminding myself that the “greater thing” may not be worth talking about at a party, get reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle or make me tons of money.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23
“The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” – Psalm 121:7-8
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Today I’m just going to try and be more hopeful. That’s a start.