Dear College Students,
My first day of college is fast-approaching and the dreams of being a college student I had as a little girl are about to become a reality. It is truly unbelievable. To say that you have been an important part of my life is an understatement. You mean the world to me. I don’t know that I will get the opportunity to speak with each of you and tell you how much I love you. I might not get to share my memories of that time when I hit you with pool noodles and then brought you ice water to make up for it. Or the time when I sat in on your small group and talked about what God was doing in my life through a message. Or those impromptu jam sessions in the Big Room where I got to stay up extra late because my Daddy knew just how much I loved making music with you. Needless to say, I have wonderful stories to tell about all of you. I remember how we met. I remember when you told me your favorite color and that you liked red skittles the best. I remember watching you grow spiritually in college and thinking “I want that to be me one day”. I promise I can never forget you. It’s safe to say I still vividly remember close to 14 years of students. If you ever believe you went unnoticed, let me prove you wrong. I did my best to see all of you. Not just physically acknowledging your presence, but trying to understand who you were and how God could use me to encourage you.
I wanted to thank you for always being there and listening. I wanted to thank you for showing me what real friendship looks like and what real transparency means. I want to emphasize that you challenged me spiritually with both positive and negative things. It wasn’t your “perfection” and maturity as a Christian that grew my own faith- it was the recognition that you were all imperfect people saved by grace. It was the realization that God was present in every circumstance, strong enough to save, and powerful enough work bad things for our good and his glory.
I am writing you this letter to say goodbye to all of you- at least for now. I know I will see many of you again, but there may be a few people that I might not get to see. I wanted all of you to know that you have made a difference in my life and for that I am forever grateful. I will treasure all of the memories I have made with each of you. You hold a special place in my heart. I am on the verge of finally experiencing BCM as a true college student, a thought that is both exciting and saddening. I will no longer be the one to watch carefully as you grow from timid freshmen to confident seniors. I will no longer get to experience the joy of watching you share your testimony at Impact as a sophomore when you were too scared to speak in front of anyone as a freshman. I will not get to see you grow into incredible men and women of God like I have been accustomed to in the past. Instead, I will be the one growing. I hope to have younger students looking up to me, watching as I mature in Christ. That reality is frightening and wonderful at the same time. I am trying to look joyfully toward the future, live presently where I am, and hold the past close to my heart all at once.
Please know that you have been the best group of students ever. I wouldn’t have asked to be a part of any other campus ministries than the ones at Midwestern and Valdosta State Universities. I am going to miss you all terribly. Keep me and the BCM at UNG in your prayers. If BCMs prayed for each other, just imagine what God could do at college campuses all across the state of Georgia- all across the nation! Prayer is so powerful. Never take it for granted. In fact, I want to say a pray over all of you now.
I pray that their faith will continue to grow. That they will trust You with both the big and small things.
I pray that they will love each other and not let insignificant quarrels divide them.
I pray that the Devil will not have a foothold in their ministry.
I pray that they will humbly submit themselves to a life of prayer and fight hard against the enemy with Your strength and not their own.
I pray that they will believe with all they are that You are good even when circumstances are not.
I pray that each of them will know Your presence and know that they are never alone.
I pray that they will put You above all else and that they would allow You to have control of every part of their life.
I pray that when life gets chaotic, they will run to You first.
I pray that they will trust You and know that Your plans for them are good.
I pray that they would refuse to settle for what is good and instead chase after what is best.
I pray that they would surrender all their relationships to You and allow You to work in them as You want.
I pray that You would clearly show them the people they need to hold accountable, the people they need to keep in constant prayer, the people they need to be intentional with, and the people they need to witness to.
I pray that they will be obedient to You. No matter what it may cost them. No matter where You may lead them.
I pray they would submit themselves to Your plan.
I pray that when your Holy Spirit moves them to do something, that they would do it without question. Forsaking their own pride, casting their fear aside, and allowing themselves to be completely obedient.
I pray that they would trust You for the right words, and not their own eloquence or lack thereof.
I pray that they would be faithful and stop being afraid.
I pray that they would choose honesty over their own pride.
I pray that they would be transparent with one another and that they would never pretend that they are perfect people who have their lives together, because that is a lie.
But I also pray that they would share their faults appropriately and tactfully, with the intention of letting in the people who would keep them accountable and challenge them to go even deeper in their walk with You.
I pray that they would share You with their campus like they never have before.
I pray that their hearts would be broken for the lost.
I pray that they would be guarded against self-righteousness and pride.
I pray that they would build one another up in love and that their love for one another would reveal the truth that they are Your children.
I pray that they would never get caught up in merely doing good things and being a nice person for You.
I pray that they balance their actions with words so that people will know they are followers of You because of what they do and because they’ve shared with others what You have done in their life.
I pray that they would have a unquenchable passion for Your Word, and they would hunger to know You more and more each passing day.
I pray that they would love You more today than they did yesterday.
I pray that they would continually put on the full armor of God so that they may stand against the Devil’s schemes.
I pray that they might know that they are in college for more than to get an education; they are there to be lights for You.
I pray that they would remember that obedience to You and a willingness to follow You is a powerful thing.
I pray You will do something they couldn’t possibly imagine- even if is not what they thought it would be.
I pray You would do a mighty work in their lives.
I pray that at the end of this school year the only thing they can say is “to GOD be the glory, great things HE has done.”
I pray that they will experience both Your power and presence like never before.
I ask these things in Jesus name,
I love all of you so very much,