This weekend, the Youth and Family Studies Department went on a retreat, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of it. Since I only have a YFS minor, I didn’t know a lot of the other people going. However, the combination of late nights, Bible studies, and collection of ministry majors gave way to a lot of deep conversations even with people I didn’t consider myself particularly close with.
Many of the conversations I had this weekend were about finding God’s call in our lives. There’s a lot of pressure put on college students to choose the right major, find the right spouse, and decide what we want to do with our lives; and if we don’t figure it out in four years, it’s easy to get discouraged and wonder why God didn’t give us clear direction! But be encouraged, brothers and sisters, there is hope. My conversations with my peers this weekend confirmed my belief that there may not be one specific calling for each and every person. Sure, God may make it incredibly clear that you’re supposed to major in Intercultural Studies, marry John Smith, and move to Timbuktu, but He may not.
I believe that God gives all believers one common call: to love Him. A friend recently told me, “time spent with Jesus is always time well spent”. Instead of letting the pressures of the future overwhelm us, we should overwhelm ourselves with Jesus. I think if we seek to give God our hearts, He will bless whatever major we choose, He will bless the marriage we choose , and He will bless the career path we strive for. When we really love Jesus and seek to know Him, His desires become our desires. People in love with Jesus have a passion for their calling– not because God revealed it to them in a crystal-clear dream, but because their priorities are straight, and God is number one in their list of pursuits.
But the big question in all of this is, what does loving Jesus look like? I think it looks like a lot of things, but this weekend, it looked like washing people’s feet. On Sunday morning, we got in small groups and washed each other’s feet. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. In the midst of it all, I came to the realization that loving Jesus is serving people. In being true servants, we are loving people without expecting anything in return, and I believe that is what Jesus calls us to.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.” -Matthew 22:37-39