Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Matt Warner's Final Footnote For College Students

Many of you probably know about a popular series of lectures on college campuses called “The Last Lecture Series”. Professors (and others) are asked to give a lecture to students as if it were the last presentation they are able to give during their life.

Building on this idea - I asked a number of Catholic authors, bloggers, and speakers to answer the following question in 500 words or less:
“What do you think is the most important thing you could tell college students if you had one last blog post to do it?”
I call this series, The Final Footnote.

Below is the first in a series of answers - from Matt Warner. Matt is a husband, father, Aggie, Catholic blogger, and entrepreneur.
Dear college student,

You have a lot to worry about. So many choices to make. And so many choices for others to make about you. You're waiting for a company to choose you for a job. A grad school to choose you as a student. A friend to choose you as a spouse. A city to choose you as a resident. Lady luck to choose you for great fortune.

It's a little scary because it seems like so much of your future is out of your hands. You're just anxiously waiting for the world to choose you in so many ways.

Well, stop worrying and waiting.

You don't have to worry and wait for the world to choose you. The truth is that you've already been chosen. God has chosen you for a specific purpose and He has big, beautiful plans for you. All you have to do is choose Him.

Choose Him and whether or not the world chooses you no longer matters. Choose Him and what you should choose will be revealed. Choose Him and the anxiety of an unknown future becomes the beginning of your Great Adventure.

If you want freedom, choose His plan, not yours. If you want to live a life fully alive, stop holding so tightly to everything else. Let go and rest in Him.

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
- Matthew 11:28-30

He has already chosen you. Choose Him back.

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