I want to apologize for not finishing what I started in my post, "Should College Be Our Default." I initially thought I would take a swing at that topic for the following two reasons...
1. I started feeling like the "imperishable beauty" guy. The posts on imperishable beauty and physical beauty were spreading and being quoted on a lot of different blogs. That was great, but it was time for a change.
2. College is something that I think is overrated and overemphasized in our culture today.
After that initial post, I realized that due to my lack of college experience, I am not qualified to speak authoritatively about the subject. I also realize that I harbor some level of animosity toward college. For this I don't completely apologize. Why the bitterness? Hear me out...
College ate my friends.
No, it's true. The American undergraduate system came and devoured. Left and right, guys and girls I had grown up with were uprooted and swallowed. I am not sure exactly what happened to them. I do know this, they are gone.
I am learning that college hasn't completely consumed them. Rather, college merely grasps them and gnaws on them for a few years, and than spews them out. The problem? They don't always land back home. Sometimes they do come back, but oftentimes they are misplaced to different states or even countries.
I am not sure why I got passed by. Perhaps I looked to be a little academically lean. Perhaps college looked upon me, and for once had a wave of pity. Whatever the reason, I was left behind. For this I am grateful.
College isn't a complete tyrant. No, for a couple times a year, i.e. summer break and holidays, he bends down and opens his mouth. When he does, I look in and behold my friends. Brief reunion. They look horrible. They use terms that I am not familiar with like "all-nighters", "finals", and "energy drinks". They say, "We should get together!" And we do! How sweet these times are. Oh, but they are only for a brief season, as college once again closes his mighty jaws, and they are gone.
So here is my admission. College ate my friends, and I am forever biased. To serve you better, I will not be waging war against college on this blog.
Instead, let me simply give a word of encouragement. When coming "of age", our first questions ought not to be, "What college should I go to?" or, "What degree should I pursue?" Instead, we ought to consider these questions...
"What gifts has God given me?"
"How can I cultivate these gifts to best edify the church, and further the renown of Christ?"
The answer won't be the same for all of us. Further education can certainly be a wise stewardship of God's gifts for some of us. However, we ought not assume that college is automatically the best place to be equipped to serve the church. Don't fall into the trap of equating your value and meaning in life with whether or not you pursue the "American dream" of formal education. These have been the richest years of my life in terms of my sanctification and learning. I wouldn't trade the opportunities I have had through this season for a PhD.