As my daughter is readying her college applications, she is interested in the stories I have to share about my experiences. Many have been recorded in these blogs but as she correctly pointed out, the vast majority are focused upon the hardships and difficult times I experienced. The other day she bluntly asked me, “Didn’t you have fun?”
I chuckled but realized that her question cut through to a glaring truth; I had focused upon the trials and tribulations of college when I should also focus upon the successes and laughter. Through the fog of time, I have selectively recalled only painful experiences. I spent nearly every waking hour studying, focused on getting into medical school. Obviously, the effort paid off but I missed out on many college activities that most collegians can readily and fondly reminisce. I did not participate in any freshman hazing activities. I never attended a football game or sporting event. I never attended any homecoming activities. Perhaps it was true, I didn’t have any fun in college!
Needless to say, I did have fun. My fun, my fond memories of college, always centered upon the tender friendships I made during my activities. A surprising study break with my roommates replete with crates of freshly picked strawberries, midnight runs to a donut shop an hour way, playing guitar and organizing the musical entertainment for the annual Hawaii club luau-all of these events are memorable because of my friends with whom I shared the moments. The most important friend I made was a Korean-American man whom God used to lead me to Jesus Christ. Through this friendship, my eyes were opened to see the world through God-colored glasses. Life became sweeter and richer. It was fun and delightful!
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4 (ESV)
Did I have fun in college?
Life became infinitely more enjoyable when I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. God did and continues to give me, the desires of my heart as I live in life in fellowship with Him and His Church.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.