So there’s no sign in the sky, no gut feeling, no scripture verse that makes it totally clear where you’re supposed to go to college. You’ve reached the point where you are ready to flip a coin and just let fate make your decision for you. All of your friends seem to have reached their decision already and you are left wondering why you still can’t decide.
You might be thinking, “Why hasn’t God made it clear where I’m supposed to go? These are the next four years of my life!”
The truth is that God might tell you exactly where to go, or He might not. Regardless of what you feel He is or isn’t making clear to you, when you truly want to honor God with your decision, you can always trust that He’ll come through. It just may not be the way you thought He would.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you discern where God wants you to find your next home.
Have I made time to visit each campus and “feel” it out?
One practical way to decide where you should go to college is to visit your top schools and see what impression each campus gives you. Maybe walking around each campus won’t make your decision crystal clear, but then again, maybe it will. Having the chance to explore each campus, learn firsthand about each school’s mission and values, talk with students, faculty, and staff, and learn about ways students get involved on campus can result in favoring one school over another.
Am I being faithful to pray for God’s direction?
There are many places in scripture that tell us to pray. Prayer is how we make our requests known to God. Be honest with yourself about how much you’ve really asked God for His guidance,and recognize if you’ve just assumed He’s going to reveal His will for you.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Choose to be diligent in asking God for the wisdom needed to make your college decision.
Where can I become a better disciple of Christ?
As you think about where your next home will be, ask yourself where you think you will be able to learn more about God, grow spiritually, and serve His people. God’s lasting and permanent will for us will always be to become more like Him. Which campus, classrooms, and community will be most conducive to that?
What does my spiritual counsel say?
This question is one we should always ask ourselves when making big decisions: “What do the people who know and love me and want God’s best for me say?” Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
Seek the older, wiser, God-honoring people that He has placed in your life to counsel you and help you navigate your decision.
God’s promises stand true in the midst of our worry.
We as Christians worry about the decisions we have to make, but God’s promises stand true in the midst of our worry. While deciding where God wants you to go to college can produce feelings of confusion and anxiety, find rest knowing that “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
After you’ve asked yourself all of these questions, start moving in the direction of the school you think is meant for you, and trust that God will either continue establishing those steps or redirect you elsewhere. Lastly, always remember that as you navigate your college decision or any other decision in your life: “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3).UMHB believes in giving students an education for life and the experience of a lifetime. It may be a great fit for you! For more information, we invite you to visit our website, or stop by for a campus visit!