"God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him in the midst of loss, not prosperity." --John Piper

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Long Journey, Part 6 (College Years)

There I was, at a small college in Eastern Kentucky. I really wasn't sure why I was there. I was looking for answers and thought that this was where I would find them. After all, I was cramming my head full of information, and some of it was about the Bible.

I was always a good student, so getting good grades was not a problem for me. One year turned into two, two into three, and three into four. I just kept riding the waves, going where fate would take me. But all through this time, I had never been taught the one thing that mattered most, what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Oh, sure, I had heard that phrase. I was even good at saying it. I even thought I had that. But now I don't think that is true. Just going to Bible College, or even becoming a minister does not make for a relationship with Jesus.

I guess I had never been good at relationships. I had dated one girl in High School. Well, we hung out together for a month or so anyway. Does that count? I thought we had made a commitment but she was hanging out with other guys. So I stopped hanging with her. High School years are funny that way.

I ended up in another relationship in college. We were married between my sophomore and junior year, she had graduated (BS degree and now MRS too.) She was a preacher's kid, and I was going into ministry. Perfect match, right?

Only if by perfect match you mean two people getting together who both had issues and were too dense to realize it. Only if by perfect match you mean two people who were letting life take them were it would and had no idea of what really following God meant. Only if by perfect match you mean two people who were adrift in the American culture and dream and really didn't know how to have a personal relationship with God. If that is your idea of perfect match, then we were it!

It is funny where life will take you if you just float down its stream.

Next: Life After College (May be a few days, since this is a busy time of year and I really should be getting some other things done before Christmas...) Speaking of which, have a Merry Christmas, one and all!


Robin said...

Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for the input on bible college... my wife and are weighing it right now to see if its in the cards. not sure it is, but it might be. glad to hear your thoughts on it though.

Kansas Bob said...

I am really enjoying your story. You have a great writing style.

My experience with Bible College was a mixed bag. Learned a lot of good stuff but also developed a bit of a religious arrogance and a narrow theology and world view. Fortunately the arrogance, theology and world view all were forced to change.. trials sometimes do that :)

Merry Christmas! I have enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to visiting more in the new year.

Many blessings, Bob