Midterms week is in full swing here at Franciscan. The library is overflowing with students attempting to cram knowledge into every nook and cranny of their brains. Nights of adequate amounts of sleep are a distant memory of the past. There never seems to be enough coffee in the world to remedy the exhaustion we all are feeling. Fall weather has gracefully swept in to take the place of summer, replacing flip flops and shorts with boots and flannels. This is college life at its finest, my friends.
Since I last blogged, my life has become a great juggling act. My color-coded planner keeps track of four different jobs, school work, law school applications, household commitments, intramural games and the small sliver of a social life that I am trying to maintain. Y’all are probably questioning my sanity. I don’t blame you; some days I question it too.
Some days it’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of the busyness, and instead of seeing the value and purpose in all that I’m doing, I only see the obligation. I feel tied to my schedule like a ball and chain rather than reveling in all that the Lord has called me to and recognizing all that He has blessed me with. Each and every day, it’s so crucial to make an active choice to see God and, instead of choosing stress and obligation, to choose joy.
Choose joy. It’s so simple, but so profound. And dang, when I look at life that way my obligations turn into the greatest gifts.
I see gifts and talents that the Lord has blessed me with being fostered and nurtured in my SWOP jobs. I see the legal practice intertwined with the Church and her teachings in my classroom. I see the Lord slowly unveiling my vocation and calling to enter into law school and become an attorney. I see my beautiful household sisters as profound witnesses to femininity and Christ’s love. I see God glorified in the body through competitive and friendly intramural games. I see and the value of even the smallest amount of time I get to spend with a friend and have learned to cherish that time so much more.
The Lord is never outdone in His goodness and He will never cease to bring joy to the very depths of our hearts if we only choose to seek it.
It is such a huge blessing to attend Franciscan University where the study abroad program has become commonplace among the student body. I would say roughly 85% of the people I know have gone to or are planning to go to Austria. Sometimes I forget how awesome and rare of an opportunity that is. Most other schools do not have a program like ours.