“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
- Walt Disney
As we start a new semester, we’re all walking into a new season of life, whether you’re a college freshman, high school senior, or online student. Each semester brings new opportunities for growth and change. Be curious, be adventurous, and try new things. There is no need to fear, worry, or be discouraged. I have to constantly remind myself that He is for us and that nothing we did or didn't do this past school year or this summer can change how He sees us.
I get it, new things are scary. If you’re a freshman, you’re probably still getting used to finding your classes or making new friends. You’re not alone. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors still get anxious to try new things. They might not have the same fears as you, but there are always unknowns that come with starting a new school year.
SWU's Verse of the Year is one that you’ve probably heard before, but I wanted to take some time to talk about what I believe we can learn from it:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:38-39
These verses are packed with meaning. The love the Heavenly Father has for us is so strong that not even physical death can separate us from His love. Death may separate us from the earth and from people we love, but it is impossible for death to separate us from the love of God, for God’s love doesn’t stop when our time on earth comes to an end. Death may seem pretty extreme, but that means that your past mistakes and hang-ups are forgiven and have been overcome by the love of the Savior.
Start fresh this year. Renew your mind daily to remember that He is for you and that he’s on your side; and he loves you as you are, so come as you are.