Graduating college can seem like a whirlwind of an experience. It feels like yesterday, but four years ago I was a 19 year old kid in my first week of college.
A few weeks ago I walked across the graduation stage and celebrated the end of one season and the start of a new one. Immediately I was slammed with a million questions that seemed to boil down to essentially one; what are you doing for the rest of your life? While I wish I had an eloquent 10 step plan for myself and those around me I still have no idea what my post graduation plans will be. The future seems a bit like a foggy hallway with many potential doors, but here are two things I am quite sure of right now:
1. With great power, comes great responsibility.
6.7% of adults in the world have a college education. Education is more than just a degree; it comes with resources, status, networking, and power. It gives us a voice where we may otherwise not have one. As a Christian college graduate, we have a responsibility to use all we have, our time, love, resources, finances, and even our degree as a tool for the Kingdom of God. We have a responsibility to our black communities to use our education as a force of justice and reconciliation amidst a world of oppression and division, just like those who have gone before us.
2. God is sovereign
All good gifts come from the Father. While we may not have any idea what our college degree is for, God knows exactly what He is doing. He knows how everything in the universe will unfold, from Genesis to Revelation. By his Grace, we are included in this great story and like Ruth have been given specific assignments. My ethnicity wasn't an accident, neither was my gender, nationality, or degree. We are here, in this skin, at this exact point of history for such a time as this.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us," Hebrews 12:1
The baton has been passed, our Legacy is still being written.
What will it say?