Advice From a Super Senior

By: Jarrod Worley
A lot of you might have just read the title and thought, “Well, I'm not a super senior, so I'm not sure how much this will apply to me.” Well, you might be right; so how about we transition your view to simply, “Advice from Worley." I’m going to try and keep it simple and just leave you with three pieces of advice that have helped shape my life, my walk with Christ, and my relationships that I have built within the college ministry.

My first piece of advice is to stop playing the comparison game. This might look different for every reader, but for me that mainly meant comparing my major/career aspirations to others. Comparing yourself to others with a jealous heart does nothing but weigh you down and cloud your judgment. While it might be hard to discern God’s will for your life early on in your college career, I can promise you one thing, and that is that it is different for every person. Once I realized that God’s will for my life was completely different than anything I previously intended I truly began to mature in my relationship with Christ. I fell in love with history early on in college and, as a teacher, I will have the chance to have an impact on over 150 student's lives every school year.

My second piece of advice is to find ways to pour into others and be poured into. The first college ministry event I remember coming to was “Freshman Speed Dating” to pick my bible study. While I loved going through Ephesians with a small group of guys, the most meaningful aspect was seeing how the upperclassmen leaders lived their lives on fire for Christ. The next year I co-led a freshman family group, and I am honored to see members of that group as leaders in FCM to this day. Every year since then I have led an upperclassmen reading group, and one of the best parts was getting to grow together.

While yes, the goal of a bible study is to study the bible, the byproduct is that you grow closer to new people and have challenging conversations that spur you on week by week. You will be challenged to share your struggles and sins along the way, but you’ll see in the struggle that you aren’t alone. Sin is not new or unexpected, and the people you are sharing with might have overcome many of the same struggles you are dealing with.

My last piece of advice from your resident "super senior" is to find ways to glorify God in the everyday. I’m a super senior because I waited two full years to find my major. College naturally has a lot of free time in the schedule, now imagine adding another year onto the end. For me, the best way to keep Christ at the center was to focus on small victories along the way and watch what God was doing in my life. For some people this could look like inviting a classmate to join you for lunch, maybe inviting people over for a game night at your house, or playing ultimate on the quad. If you are only glorifying God two days a week there is a fundamental flaw with how you’re living the rest of the week. To close, I’m gonna leave with a simple verse: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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