Over the past several months, I have been faced with the choice of what college I am going to go to and what I want to major in since I will be graduating with my AA degree in two months.

I had planned on applying to about five or six colleges and only ended up completing the application for two: Belmont University and Jacksonville University.

Back in December, my parents and I went up to Nashville and visited Belmont. In a perfect world, I was wanting to go to Belmont, get my foot in the door, and have everything work out perfectly so I could get right into working in the music industry once I got out of college.

My WANTS got in the way of what God was ultimately wanting for my life…

After much thought, prayer, and words of wisdom from several people that I am close to, God opened my eyes to the fact that Belmont was not the right place for me to go to right now, due to a number of reasons.

He showed me through several people that I look up to (parents, music teachers, etc.) that He had so many doors already opened for me at JU, and that is where He ultimately wants me to be starting in the fall.

When I first started band, I wanted to play percussion, but for the fact of me making lots of noise and banging around on things in the house, I ended up playing the clarinet. Last year, God opened the doors for me to play in the pit in marching band, and after countless hours of hard work, sweat, and many tears, I fell in love with playing in pit and playing on the keyboard instruments (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, etc.). From there, He opened some doors for me to meet some very special people from JU in the percussion department as well as the music business department (which is what I was hoping and wanting to major in), and over time I realized that God’s plan for me was laid out as plain as day right before my eyes. I just didn’t want to accept His desires and wanted to do what I wanted to do and what I felt was right to do.

With that said, I enrolled with JU, and this Friday I will be auditioning to get into the music college.

For those of you still trying to decide what to do for your future, especially my fellow seniors, ask God to open your eyes in order to see the doors that He has opened for you.

The waiting process may be long, or it may just be a few weeks. The key is surrender. Surrender your WANTS in order for God to show you what you NEED.

Maybe you are super talented in music, or perhaps you are a math wiz. A lot of times, God will take your talent or a gift He has given you and open doors that way. We all have different gifts, but we all work together — even though it may not seem that way — to edify one Savior. Evaluate yourself. Search your heart. Think about the things you enjoy doing and what you know that you do best, and ask God to show you what He wants you to do in and through those things.

There is a reason for everything, and God can and will use you to do extraordinary things.

Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” 

1 Corinthians 12:12-31″For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” 

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