Looking Back


A few months ago, I had the opportunity to grab coffee with one of our Buckhead Church staff members. He graduated a few years back, and I thought it would be a great idea to pick his brain on his college experience. Over coffee, I asked, “Looking back on your college career, what would you have done differently?”

What I didn’t expect were these amazing insights that have shaped the way I view and approach the remaining semester of my collegiate career.

This is what he said:

1. Stay humble.

Humility is understanding who we are in relationship to who God is. What I’ve found is that there is a correlation between our obedience and humility before God and his blessings. In fact, James, the brother of Jesus, puts it this way, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6 NIV).

2.  Take risks.

Never will we have more time or opportunity to travel, explore, or take risks. A few years down the road, some of us will have a spouse, a family, or a new job. So, why not, during the years we aren’t tied down to anything (marriage, job, etc.), take risks? Because once we are married, have families, or are tied down to a 9–5 job, we won’t have time to take the risks we once dreamed of.

3.  Jesus is better.

Every now and then, we will be faced with decisions. Usually, when a decision needs to be made, there are two options: good and better. But, when you finally weigh all your options, if you choose Jesus and the direction he is leading you, you will be better off.