By Patrick Langan

Who Will You Be?

Remember the old board game called Life? College can feel a lot like that old board game.

Sometimes it feels like your whole life stands or falls on what major you decide on or what career path you commit to. Choose well, get the right grades, and do well at the interview, so you’ll land the job of your dreams.

Nothing else seems to matter.

There is so much pressure to decide what you’ll do with your life that most thoughts about who you’ll become get pushed aside. What kind of a person you will become can be lost in the shuffle of college life.

Too often the “game of life” is about what you do:

·         What job will you get?

·         How much money will you make?

·         How many kids will you have?

·         What kind of house will you buy?

·         How much money will you end up with?

Isn’t this how we view our lives? In college we’re encouraged to evaluate and plan our lives around what we’ll do rather than what kind of people we’ll become.

People Will Forget Your Accomplishments

About eighteen years ago there was an Olympian who became famous—not for her accomplishments as an ice skater—but rather for her involvement in the attack on one of her competitors.

In the end, this woman became known for the kind of person she had become—rather than for her accomplishments as a professional athlete.

One day, our time for accomplishments will cease. We will all come to the end of our lives and be forced to look back and meet ourselves—perhaps for the very first time.

Will we like ourselves? Will we even recognize the person we have become?

Matthew 25:31-46 tells us that we will all come face to face with Jesus. What will He think about the person we’ve become?

Patrick has been on staff for fifteem great years at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He currently serves as an Area Director for the Southern part of Illinois. He is married and has three great kids and another on the way! He graduated from Fuller seminary with an M.A. in Global Christian Leadership. His hobbies include fishing, writing, and thinking about fishing and writing. He blogs at:

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