I think a big problem we have as a society, especially 20-somethings is our inability to enjoy the present moment and becoming wrapped up in the future.
We are so wrapped up in imaging what we will do once we get into the “real world” that we forget that this is our world now…which is real.
There’s a great section in Jeremiah where the people of Israel are in exile and they are all mad about it (understandable) and they are pining and lamenting for their return to the promise land. Instead of doing anything in their temporary homes, they had their eyes fixed on the future alone.
So the Lord tells them:
“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce…But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:5,7
Essentially, do something! He’s placed you here for a reason. Bloom where you are planted.
Be fruitful in this time of transition, waiting, learning, and discovering. Don’t waste this time that the Lord has given you, even if you feel like you are in “exile” and are just waiting for the next part of your life to start. Use this time to do something more productive than burning through an entire series on Netflix or playing 50 games of Spider Solitaire. Or Temple Run. What games do kids play these days? Enjoy those things in moderation, but don’t get caught up in them because it’s an easy fix for being bored.
The musical group Dawes has a great line in their song “When My Time Comes” that goes:
And if Heaven was all
that was promised to me
why don’t I pray for death?
Praise God that the Lord came so we might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). We can eagerly anticipate Heaven, but we can also strive for holiness in this life.
So yes keep your eye on the prize (ultimately Heaven) and all the smaller prizes along the way (graduation, grown up jobs, vocations, etc) but also remember that this time is a gift and that we need to invest in it now.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
(Obscure title is a reference to this song: Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap)