Wait, I’m a Freshman?

Wow I’m a Senior in High school?…wait…I’ve graduated high school?…wait…I’ve moved into my dorm?…wait my parents are driving off?… Wait school starts when? I don’t know about you but the last five months of my life have been crazy ones. Something that hit my like a brick is when I graduated high school I realized I have three months before college. Three months to me is a long time. I got the privilege of being recruited to play college basketball, I signed with Sterling College. So instead of my summer nights being filled with hanging with friends, which I did some too, they were filled with long nights in the gym. The last week I was in my hometown of Joplin, all my friends started calling me wanting to go to dinner or a movie before we left for college. I took the last week off of basketball and spent it on my friends. That’s when things started to get surreal. All I knew, all my life had been up to, to that point was going to change and never be the same again. I was so excited for college, I mean who wouldn’t be, living on your own, being independent, and no longer being in your parents’ house. Seems great until everyone leaves and you kind of get a different reality of what going to college truly means. All of my friends were going somewhere different. Some were going to Springfield, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Denver, and I’m in…Sterling, Kansas? So you can say I almost felt like Abraham when God told him in Genesis 12:1 when God told Abraham to, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” I was leaving everything I knew. My family, my friends, my church, and the only city I ever knew. I had to put trust in God just like Abraham did those so many centuries before. It’s that blind faith that you trust God knows what He is doing. Leaving for college is exciting but somewhat daunting too. I packed my car and my parents’ car and set off on that four hour drive. Now Joplin isn’t a big town, about 50,000, but it is definitely bigger than Sterling Kansas 2,000. I knew for months that this was the college God wanted me at; but when I rolled up on campus and got out of the car it hit me. I was investing a lot into this place…money, time, and commitment; but not only to myself but to my family and Christ. So that first day on campus was a crazy one; moving into the dorm realizing this is the place you’re going to call home for the next 8 to 9 months. Wondering if your roommates are going to be cool or not. I moved in all morning which was a blast but then starts the meetings, meetings for freshman, meetings for parents, meetings for parents and freshman, meetings for athletes who are freshman, and we can’t forget the meetings for parents and their freshman athlete. Dinner was awesome, sitting and laughing with your family everyone is excited for what the year has in store. After dinner though, came a time I wasn’t really ready for, I mean I thought I was but I wasn’t. Standing in the parking lot with your eyes focused on your parent’s eyes, I realized all the sweat and tears they put in raising me. How even when I didn’t feel like I had anyone in my corner it was my parents holding me up. So how do I thank them…hurry there about to leave. Got to come up with something good…, “Mom, dad, I love you guys, thanks.” Yep that’s all that came to mind but it isn’t the words that are powerful it’s the meaning you put behind them. A long hug and watching them drive off and almost symbolically you turn from your childhood and take your first steps of becoming the man you want to be.

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