Six years ago I was a bright eyed 18-year old, diving into my freshmen year of college, feeling confidently unsure of my place on campus. Each step I took on campus was a breath of fresh air, each step another step in my new found freedom, and each step I became more and more unsure of my choices, my major, and my friends.
You see, I was living a double life that first month of school. One of me was saying yes to the college experience I saw in the movies. And one of me was saying yes to this campus ministry that came knocking on my door the first week of school. I was torn between saying yes to Him or saying yes to the world. And to top it off, I wasn’t even sure what that meant at the time.
Recently, I keep hearing the stories of students just like me on campuses across the Midwest. Students who are asking the same questions I once did. “Is this the right major for me?” “Will these be my friends for the next four years?” “What do I believe?” The same questions we all wrestle with at some point, maybe not in college for you, maybe it was high school, or during your first real job, but at some point we all ask ourselves “What am I living for?” Maybe this is something you’re still wrestling with today.
Wherever we’re at in those questions, I’ve found a verse I continue to return to; a verse that is my constant reminder of where my life, my joys, and my purpose lie.
If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the scriptures have said, “Out of his heart flows rivers of living water.” Now this he said about the spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the spirit had not been given because Jesus was not yet glorified.
From the words of Piper, "The water is free. The soul has a thirst. And Jesus aims to satisfy the soul forever."