Dear Caitlin

If you could write a letter to yourself as you started uni, what would you say?

Dear me, five years ago.

You are about to enter a completely new environment, which will feel both liberating at times and de-mobilising in others. You get to be who you want to be, and make powerful choices about your life. You're quite used to the school system of ticking boxes, being told who to be, what to do, and how to do it. But things are a little different now; you're stepping into adulthood.

I know you're feeling a little nervous. Breathe deep. It's not going to be quite what you've imagined, but you're going to do great. Keep reminding yourself that you can only do your best. Celebrate each success, and look to those you admire in your failures and disappointments. Keep sharing with others, and allowing them to help you brush yourself down and get back up.

Remember that you have a Good Leader in Jesus, who longs to empower you in each choice you make. When you feel like your grid for what is expected of you has completely disappeared, look to Him. His boundary lines will be spacious - and provide the optimum conditions for you to flourish.

Ask Him about that guy you like who isn't a Christian. Tell Him when your degree isn't what you thought it would be. Worship Him when insomnia kicks in and you feel like you're losing yourself.

And my biggest tip to help you embark on this new season is this: Remember that you were made for dependency.

University can make you feel like it’s time you were independent and able to figure out life on your own; that being an adult means you can go it alone. But that's not the case. God will place leaders in your life to learn from, to lean on, and to help you when you get stuck.

Maturity is dependency, Cait.

"Be strong and courageous, you will lead these people to inherit the land..." Joshua 1:6

Miriam Swanson

Global Student Mission Leader

Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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