by Michael Prentice- Freshman Guest Contributor
Have you ever looked at yourself and wondered about life? What’s the point of it all? Why are we here? What is the one aspect of your life that defines who you are? How does that one thing direct your every move?
As my first year at Freed-Hardeman comes to an end, I have realized that I have a definition of my life that is made up by something far greater than I could ever achieve on my own. Looking back on the unhappy senior that I was only a year ago, I would have laughed in the face of anyone who may have said that I would find true happiness in something outside of this world. The truth is that God has taken me on a journey this year that has completely shaped the man I have become.
When Jesus’ disciples all came together, He spoke to them of their cost that goes along with discipleship. All disciples are told to deny themselves, to take up their crosses, and to follow Him. The spiritual development that I have experienced on this incredible campus has shown me that my own desires, plans, and life in general can sometimes get in the way of following the footsteps that Jesus has left me to follow. I remember sitting down with a professor and talking with him about a stressful homework assignment. I told him, “I wish I knew where I was going in life. You know, my job, my wife, my salary….I just wish I could know everything.” My professor looked at me and responded, “Yeah, I was like you once. But, God gave me a real wake up call. I pushed myself all the way through engineering school, only to realize that God had better plans for my life than I could ever imagine. That’s why I’m here, teaching you about Greek instead of being out in the world building the next record-breaking roller coaster.”
These words have stuck with me and have encouraged me to stop allowing myself to be consumed with my own thoughts and plans, and to rather fill all my time with God. Taking up our cross and following Jesus becomes our definition. We are disciples of Christ. We are people who go where He goes. We bear our burdens alongside Him. God has blessed me with an opportunity to come to Freed-Hardeman, and to this day, I fully believe that God placed me in such an amazing environment to teach me that my definition of life is not myself or this world, but it is the cross I bear and the Savior I follow. That’s my purpose. That’s my goal. That’s my definition.