Dare to grow up: Senior trusts God during final frontier of Baylor career

By Dane Chronister, Copy Editor

Mugs_RH August 20, 2015-75 copy

As a senior, I am thinking a lot about my future. I am thinking about future careers, future homes, future cars and at some point even my own my future family. However, there is no way I will be able to predict what is in store for me. So, like many people before me, I will just have to rely on a little thing we all call faith.

Has anyone yet to notice that people who do some of the most daring things in life seem to be the ones who have the most faith?

The ones that travel the world to help orphans in another country, the ones who give up everything material and live a life pursuing their passions. They rely on the one tangible thing they have left: their faith.

As the great comedian and actor Jim Carrey said during his commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management, “I learned many a great lessons from my father, the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

At the age of 12, Carrey’s father was let go at his job as an accountant and his family had to do whatever it took to survive. Through his faithful pursuit of comedy, Carrey has become one of the most well known comedians in the world.

“Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart. My choosing to free people from concern got me to the top of a mountain,” Carrey said.

Therefore, as a senior, at this moment in time, I am one of those daring people. I am pressing into the future with a faithful heart because I do not know, at this point, what will become of me. Where life will take me or even who I will be as a man.

I do not know if I will end up writing for The New York Times or changing people’s lives halfway across the earth. What I do know is I do not want a “safe” job. I want a job that will challenge me every day, that will strip me of possessions, which will ultimately humble me to become a man that has nothing else to rely on but my faith.

Because at the end of the day, this faith will help me to better understand and value what I truly do love in my life. This faith will destroy any image of idolatry I may acquire throughout it.

Now, let me speak words of encouragement.

In Scripture, Jesus speaks about those with little faith. Matthew 17:20 reads, “For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Remember, the world is always try and remind you, that seeing believing, but God will give you no other choice but to know believing is seeing.

So when it comes to the future, never think about seeing yourself do what you want in life. Instead, know that you will end up doing what you wanted all along because of the unmovable faith you possess.

Dane Chronister is a senior from Houston and serves as the Lariat’s Copy Editor.