A Transfer's Life for Me - Part 3

First-Year Reflections

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We know, we know...The Beanie Blog is a strange name!  Did you know new JBU students wore beanies upon arrival way back in the 60's?  We enjoy that it is a part of our history and that it can remain just that...HISTORY!!  Here is some blurry proof!!

This blog was created in 2016 to provide a helpful resource for our current first-year students, parents of those students, and prospective students.  The first year is full of transitions as students adapt to a new place, new people, and have new experiences.  There are often very high highs and low lows that characterize the year as students get used to life at JBU.  This blog will hopefully help those reading it better understand what first-year students at JBU are experiencing at various points of the year and from various perspectives as contributors share their thoughts and reflections.  We hope this allows you to share in their experiences, ask great questions, and support them well as they trek through the year!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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As my semester is winding down I have been able to take a look back and reflect on all that God has done for me.  Through the midst of a difficult year he has made it clear that He is in control.  

An area within my life that I have seen growth is with my eternal perspective.  Before my time here at JBU I was very self-reliant.   I had everything I thought I needed in life, and it wasn’t until all those things were taken away that I was forced to realize that I can’t live life calling all the shots, but rather I need to wholeheartedly rely on God and live for him.  Even though I have realized this, it is still a daily struggle to wake up and choose to live for God.  The reason for this is that living for God isn’t always easy.  It sometimes means facing your fears, or confronting your problems, or displaying honesty even when it will hurt your reputation.  I have faced all of these situations here at JBU and guess what… it wasn’t easy. But whenever I face the struggle of living for Him I just remind myself that I can’t live for this world, but I need to live for Him regardless of the outcome here on earth.

Another area of growth I have seen is in my loneliness and going to God as my comforter/friend.  I have always had friends before my time at JBU, and here it has been really difficult to connect as an incoming Junior.  This sounds sad and to be completely honest it is really sad, but the beautiful thing about it is that God has again opened my eyes to the truly great peace and comfort that comes with fully relying on him.  I still have very dark moments where I feel all alone, but I now have learned to rely on Him in these moments instead of my own strength.

Overall, my year has been tough.  But I can confidently say even through all of that, this past year has shaped me more than any of the 21 years before this, and for that I am grateful.

College is an impactful time.  Full of big decisions, and life changing moments.  For all people struggling with transition I encourage you to lean into it and enjoy the ride.  Life is hard at moments, but in those moments, it is a guaranteed that God is working and in the end that is all that matters.

Blog HomePosted By: Ethan Underwood - 5/2/18 9:00 PM