Making the Best Choice

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Various surveys and statistics show that a college graduate will earn an average $800,000 more in their lifetime than a high school graduate. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the pressure to make the right choice for college can be reduced by evaluating an institution’s graduate rate, average student debt, and post graduate earnings. The Dept. of Education is just one group among many today seeking to capitalize on the value of a good education by helping young people know how to choose the right college.

Although college is a big decision, it is not the most important decision you will ever make. In Matthew 16:26 Jesus says to His disciples, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Sometimes it may seem that following God’s will is not the most profitable or expedient path to take. However, it is only one that will bring you lasting joy and purpose in this life, and the one to come.

Life is all about making good decisions. As followers of Jesus Christ, the best choice you can make is to invest in your future by pursuing a dual major, one that is both academic and spiritual. As the late Jim Elliot (a martyred missionary) wrote in his journal, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”