It's graduation season, so more than likely your weekend (or timeline) is full of celebration for those crossing that stage this year. Ironically enough, the day I'm posting this blog is also the same day that I graduated from college a few years ago, so trust me, Class of 2017, I feel and understand every level of emotion that you're feeling. I'm super proud of you and *kanye voice* I'm going to let you finish, but this post ain't for you. So you can go ahead and click off (or read Life After College: What They Should Have Told You).
This post is for the ones who took another path. The ones who maybe wanted to go to college and for reasons beyond their control, they couldn't. Or even the ones who didn't want to go to college initially, but are now second-guessing that choice.
This post is for you, and as much as I can, let me start by saying this message is wrapped in every ounce of love that I can muster. I hope this feels like a long wordy hug, to let you know that you matter and you're valued, with or without your degree.
So as always I have some tips to get you through this season:
Run YOUR race
You've probably heard at least 1 million times (and let me be 1 million and one): don't get sucked in the comparison trap.
Sweetie, run YOUR race, and run your race well.
I could list countless people who have been successful without a degree and even more people who have been successful who got their degree late. BUT. God never called us to be successful, He called us to be faithful, and in us being faithful, it requires that we trust that He has everything under control. Your God will never forsake you, nor will He forget you, so in this season, instead of worrying about your accolades compared to others, run your race, the race God has set for you. Focus on what God has called you to do now, and do that exceptionally well.
Trust the process
God has a plan for you, and He will use you as you are or He will equip you as necessary.
Something that I have learned over time, that I have to consistently learn daily is that His plan for my (and your) life is perfect. You already have everything you need in this season, with or without the degree. But it's going to require you to trust Him, which is kind of the whole point of our faith: complete and utter trust in God. Trust that He has it under control and that His plans for you are good.
The reality of life is that you do not need a degree to do God's will, whatever His will is for your life. I'm not saying that you should give up on your dream of getting your degree if that's a desire, however what I am saying is that God has equipped you with everything you need for this season NOW.
Stay encouraged: run your race and trust the process.