Taylor Essay

Hey guys, here is my Taylor admissions essay. I was told to give a description of my life with Christ.

Through my elementary school years, I often heard that to be born again, and ultimately reside eternally with God in heaven, I had to know in my heart that Jesus came to Earth, lived as a human, and died for my sins so I didn’t have to experience such a fate. And to become a Christian, I must confess to him that I am a sinner and tell Him that I fully believe in all the Bible tells me. While I had no problems believing those things, I had this idea that a special process existed to complete such a supernatural transaction; that beginning a life with Christ and living for His name, and not my own, could not simply be as easy as talking to Him like I talk to anyone else.

Thankfully, my skepticism and confused thoughts were put to rest when Mr. Dave Roth led me to Christ in my fourth grade Sunday school class. The process seemed too easy; I was astonished at the simplicity of becoming the servant of such a great God. Little did I know that for as easy as believing and accepting Christ was, keeping Him first in my life would be harder than any task I had ever willingly taken upon myself.

I have faced many of the typical teenage problems: lack of faith, worry, and rebellion just to name a few. Being a member of Brookside Church youth group has helped me tackle these often crippling issues that can hinder the life and walk of a Christian teen. I believe that God has used Phill Knuth, my youth pastor, to properly equip me to face anything the Devil throws at me with a zealous mindset to always honor God’s name in every facet of my life.

A lifestyle plagued by worry used to handicap my walk with God. But because of wise counsel and great Biblical insight, I no longer am sick with fear and concern.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Having the mindset that God is always with me is a priceless one. It has kept worry from plaguing my often hectic lifestyle, and will continue to do so in the future.

The tension that began to build because of the stress worry was putting on my spiritual life made me realize how it could negatively affect other crucial aspects of my life, such as my education.

I realized how worry could hinder my success if it got out of hand. If I worried about the math test two weeks down the road, I would be so preoccupied with my own apprehension that learning the material at hand would become difficult, and in turn, I would not succeed at the desired level on the math exam. Luckily, I never made it to such a level, where all reason is sucked into a proverbial black hole, and you don’t know what you’re concerned about anymore, just withering in a constant state of worry.

For the most part, I have conquered worry in my life. During my college years, I plan to continue working hard on my prayer life. My prayer life has always been mediocre, not horrific, but not where I would like it to be. I have seen the immensely positive impact it has on people’s lives when a life of prayer is in place. I desire a heart and mind so immersed in prayer that it is one of the most joyous times of my day. I hope to achieve this goal within the near future, and maintain that level of commitment and consistency throughout college and my adult life.

Hope you enjoyed it. :-)

-Chris

Be quick to let go of your own agendas.

Hello everyone.  I am currently in the middle of the college selection process and I though I would share a particular encouraging story with you all.

Recently, I have been mulling over numerous college applications, trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life.

For the longest time I have assumed I would be attending Purdue University, following in my father’s footsteps as a computer science major and working for a major corporation in a big city living the “american dream.”  I have been closed minded about all other college applications and such until this point.

Computers have always interested me.  I like toying with and using them in many different ways.  Yet recently, I have discovered a passion for teaching, and my parents along with other wise people have suggested that I would be great in the classroom.  I have juggled the idea in the past but never really considered it a legitamite career choice.

All of that has changed. Drastically.

Purdue has been all I have ever known, because I have season tickets for football, and visit there often as a result.  I never thought I would be choosing something so different.  I never wanted to let go of Purdue, until now.

On my visit to West Lafayette on October 17, I realized how large and overwhelming the campus and population really is, and coupled with a recent conversation with a best friend, realized a smaller campus and population is much more my style than a small city.

The hustle and bustle of a large city and corporate job in a tall office building has always appealed to me, until I realized that none of that mattered.  I have a passion for teaching.  And a large salary and comfortable life is not worth the havoc it can easily wreak on my walk with God.

I have decided that if I am accepted, I will study secondary education at Taylor University.

The problem wasn’t convincing myself to like Taylor and the education it offered, it was letting go of the preconceived notion that I was meant to go to Purdue, and realize that I need to comfort zone and do what God is telling me to do.  And he is telling me in so so many ways.  Message me on Facebook for a list.

Money destroys, and do NOT let it drive your career choices.  Do what you love doing, and the paycheck will be all you want it to be.  Money doesn’t matter, it brings more harm than good.

Let go of your own agendas and let God use you to honor his name.

-Chris