Harvard. Yale. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Charleston Southern University. Cornell University. University of Bridgeport. Princeton University. Anderson University. These are all great, equal opportunity educational institutes to attend. Whether you are seeking a PhD in Physics, a BA in General Studies, or you drop out after your first few semesters because you partied too much or decided you want to major in M.O.M.M.I.E.
Our world today screams at us to complete our educations because we will be nothing without a degree and could never possibly provide for our families. Guess who dropped out of college after only one semester but still managed to provide multiple typefaces and proportionally spaced fonts for the world’s most admired consumer electronics company? Steve Jobs. Guess who stopped attending school at the age of 16, was dyslexic and a poor academic performer, but still became the 254th richest person in the world because of his Virgin Group? Richard Branson. Guess who is a few credits shy of a bachelors degree but still provided for five children, one wife, a total of 8 dogs, 3 hermit crabs, and one cat for over 29 years? My dad.
Not to say that education is not important. It is so important to spend $60,000+ a year to learn something you could from gaining the experience at an actual paid job or internship. It is completely vital to begin the first day of the rest of your life with a gold-digging girlfriend named Sallie Mae. So so so important. What is even more important is what you do with your education and/or experience. In Acts chapter 4, Peter and John boldly proclaimed the word of God despite the fact that they were uneducated and ordinary, saving thousands of souls from eternal damnation and “There were no needy persons among them” (Acts 4:34a). Peter and John were so full of the Holy Spirit that they could not help but speak about everything they had seen and heard (Acts 4:20), and it did not take a masters degree in public speaking to do it!
God has put all of us on Earth for something specific. Whether part of His plan involves attending college for 4+ years, dropping out of high school, or having educational disabilities; God will use you for His glory and purpose (Philippians 2:13). God will never give you anything you cannot handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). He will “equip you with everything good for doing His will..” (Hebrews 13:21a), and God will richly reward you when He welcomes you to Heaven (Ruth 2:12).
To sum up my lengthy spill, with or without a proper education God’s will will be done (Matthew 6:10), and your “riches do not endure forever…” (Proverbs 27:24a). Best decision to make? “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:20-21).