by Olivia Ledbetter
“14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
So often, college feels like a mad scramble to discover what your purpose is. Yikes — what a daunting prospect. I have little panics about once every other week, doubting if I’m doing the right things and if I’m doing them fast enough and well enough. Living between the panics feels so normal for a college student, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s the good news: you are uniquely qualified and valuable exactly where you are right now, even if you don’t know where you’re going. Ephesians talks of a love that surpasses knowledge. Understanding and sharing the love of Christ is more powerful and more important than having it all figured out. Your purpose? To love.
One more reminder: that love extends to yourself too. Have some grace for yourself on this journey. I can forget this self-love so often, and oddly, when I am lacking grace for myself I am also less able to extend it to others. Knowledge of God’s love and laws is important. Knowledge of your own path is helpful. But love? That is something to value even more. Rest in the truth that He knows your heart and your path, even when you feel like you don’t.