Another semester of school commences, and so for myself and peers it begins another phase of what often feels like a waste. Studying things that may seem like an inapplicable piece of knowledge to our wellbeing even our hopes and dreams for the future. Believe me I’ve been there, I am a philosophy major.
But I’ve had a bit of a change in heart over these last few weeks. I have been struggling with the idea of heading back into classes studying the philosophy of the color red and after having a lot of long walks with the Lord and emptying out my heart to Him I feel that G-d lead me to the book of Daniel.
For those of you who haven’t read the book, Daniel is taken from Israel after it is captured by Babylon to become one of the wise men of the conquering kingdom. It’s a situation Daniel would obviously felt completely uncomfortable with. Receiving an education from a society that did not recognize his own God teaching him philosophies he did not believe. But in the end G-d used him in some incredible ways and the education he received was used greatly by G-d.
As I look at the story it gives me vision. To realize the time I have hear at school, receiving a secular education, is not wasted. That G-d has plans for it that I don’t even see.
It encourages me to also make the most of even the time that I have here, now, in this moment. Daniel and his friends stood up for their beliefs in several occasions and by doing so the Babylonian kingdom was changed and people came to know the Lord.
I don’t want to look at my education as something that will only help me in the future. It will, I know help me to impact the lives of others in the future, but it doesn’t stop there. The opportunities I have while studying here also give me a chance to impact people here. And I plan on doing my best to make the impact as large as I can.