Hi. My name is Megan, and I’m a college drop out. Oof. I never thought I would ever say those words. Allow me to give a little more of my back story. I’m the daughter of Portuguese immigrants, neither of whom went to college. Because of this, I was expected to go to college to set myself up for a better future. At my high school graduation in 2016, I sat 10th of 475 students, maintained over a 4.0 GPA all four years, obtained two academic achievement medals, wore a gold robe, and was ready to move on to a four-year university to seek a degree in environmental engineering. Then, half way through my first year at university, the Lord called me to be a missionary. I thought to myself, “I’m set to graduate a year early anyways. Why not take a gap year, serve the Lord, and come back to normal life?” Ha. Good one, Megan. Always making plans that are not part of God’s will.
I went on to serve my first year with NET USA, and by the time May came around, I was exhausted and ready to move on. But I was asked if I wanted to be on the Scotland team for the following year. I knew this was exactly where the Lord wanted me to go. However, this meant officially dropping out of college. Okay. I could handle that. One more year, then I’ll just reapply to other places. But that wasn’t the end of my time here. I decided to come back as a team supervisor, and I’m moving into my fourth year.
You’re probably asking yourself why? Why has this woman, who had so much set up for her, still not gone back to school?
Well, the short answer is: the Lord.
Here’s the long answer:
God has so much better planned for our lives than we could ever wish for. Take a look at Luke 9:23-25:
“Then Jesus said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”
All you need to do is follow it. But, I get it. It’s actually terrifying sometimes to leave everything and follow Him. I had a good life set up for me back home. College was pretty much paid for, I was playing music, I had a job I enjoyed, and my sister had just moved back into town. But the Lord was calling me away for reasons I’m still finding out.
I struggle to remember that what this world thinks of me is not what matters. What society sees as the right path – graduate high school then go to college then get a job – is not necessarily what God wants. He wants that for some people, but not me. And maybe not you. We have to get this social construct of the correct timeline for life after high school out of our heads. I’m not saying going to college is bad. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to college right out of high school. What I’m saying is follow God. Follow the timeline He wants for you.
Pray this simple prayer every day: Thy will be done. Offer your life to the Lord. It’s one thing to know that God has a plan for your life, but it’s another thing to actually hand over the reigns. What God wants from us is total abandonment to His will. The life the Lord wants for you won’t be an easy one. He never promises that to us. But He promises us so many others things. He promises us strength in the midst of hardship. He promises us to be by our side and to set us free. He promises us eternal life. The joy and hope to be received from following the Lord is so much better than what you’ll receive following your own path.
Sure, I’m a college dropout. But more importantly, I’m following God’s will.