SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation
Your graduation day was so exciting and beautiful; you envisioned your dream career and how bright the future was going to be. Now, it’s been months even close to a year since you graduated and nothing significant has happened in your life. In the meantime on social media, your friends are posting pictures and comments on how well life has treated them since graduation: They have been traveling abroad, secured their dream careers, gotten married, or rented their own place. You become anxious, envious, and embarrassed looking at your own state because you have nothing to show for it. I’m here to tell you that if you are doing all your best and walking blamelessly before God, then there is no cause for alarm; God is conforming you to the image of His Son and will meet your needs in His perfect time.
Being a Christian or a child of God doesn’t mean obeying God’s commands and He in return doing all that we ask for; on the contrary, a Christian is first and foremost a follower of Christ. Our Father in Heaven wants us to be holy just as He is, “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,” 1 Peter 1:15. Paul adds the following purpose of his Christian life “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death”, Philippians 3:10. Our main objective is to become more and more like Jesus as time goes by. Hence, if making you wait a little while before landing your dream job will turn you into a more patient person, then the Father will do it in order to develop a more Christ-like character in you. If moving back with parents after graduation is what it’ll take to turn you into a humble person, then the Father will do it in order to develop a more Christ-like character in you. It’s true that at times, it’s not “honorable” in society’s view to be in the position you are, because you haven’t attained certain achievements such as marriage or dream career/house. But take courage, it’s not about what you or anybody thinks instead it’s God’s opinion that matters. If you are doing all your best and walking blamelessly before God, I repeat, there is no cause for alarm; God is conforming you to the image of His Son and will meet your needs in His perfect time. Don’t be troubled by your friends’ progress on social media, sometimes appearances are so deceiving. You’re killing yourself over a friend that appears “successful” when in reality he/she is struggling and just want to put up a façade. Focus on your relationship with your Heavenly Father, Hebrews 10: 35-36,38 says “so do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised…’And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I [God] will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away’.”
Stay firm in the faith by the Holy Spirit’s power, it will be well with you. Many great people of God have also walked on challenging paths (e.g. David running away from Saul, Joseph sold to slavery), and it all turned out for their good at the end to build them up and the Father honored their faithfulness. Keep your eyes on Christ, don’t walk in your own understanding, if the God is for you, who can ever be against you?