SPRINGFIELD, MO. —
A friend in college was notorious for failing to turn in class
assignments on time. Week after week he cried for mercy from professors,
inventing the wildest excuses imaginable:
girlfriend was taken to the hospital last night.
computer blew up.
boss made me work the midnight shift.
doctor thinks I have something serious.
girlfriend broke up with me; I’m a wreck.
friend has my paper; he was in a car accident.
This student wasn’t
a follower of Jesus Christ, so he felt no shame in lying. He had
an innocent face and frequently used it to his benefit. His IQ
was off the charts, but he preferred drinking beer to doing homework.
One professor at this
secular university finally saw through my friend’s charade
and gave him a failing grade.
The following semester
he made some drastic changes. His schedule no longer revolved
around parties. And he began spending more time in the library
than he did the local pub.
up with you — you’re like a different guy?”
to get serious. I don’t want to be working at a fast-food
joint my whole life,” he replied. “Just having fun
won’t buy me the sports car I want.”
I lost track of him
after college, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he owns a
few sports cars by now. Money became his motivation.
Some students enter
college to have a good time. For them, a diploma is secondary
to fun. Others take the opportunity to better themselves academically.
Although college is
an enjoyable experience and intended to give you needed skills
for your career choice, it’s also a time to get serious
about making your life count for Christ. That should be your motivation.
God doesn’t want you to approach college with a “just-get-by”
attitude. He wants these years to be significant, so you can become
everything He wants you to be. In other words: No excuses. No
pleas for mercy. No time to waste. Go for it.
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