With every new season comes the opportunity for a brand new start. Your future speaks to you and tells you, “How it was is not how it has to be”. The beauty of being able to step onto a university campus and ask the question “Who will I become?” is an opportunity not to be missed. It’s an adventure that has the potential to establish the course of your life, and God promises to be with you every step of the way.

For many, it’s the first time stepping out of the family house, stepping out of the routine and practice of home, often defined by others. Now you look out over your week and, despite the handful of classes here and there, you have so much freedom and choice. You’re in control, you get to choose – what’s next really is your shout. It’s a new place, new people and a brand new perspective.

It’s a simple picture, but when you’re building a house it’s what gets established first that counts. If you’re going to build a new structure that is sound, strong, and that will survive the test of time, the most significant detail is the foundation you lay. This season of your life is no different. In many ways, the freedom you have stepped into has afforded you the opportunity to lay your own foundations, foundations for a life defined by and shaped by the relationship you have with God.

If you’re going to build a new structure that is sound, strong, and that will survive the test of time, the most significant detail is the foundation you lay.

This is the time, while everything is new, to be intentional about discovering and affirming the God-defined values that will form the foundation of your life, to establish the building blocks of His presence, His word and His community, right from the start.

It’s worth acknowledging that, with the swirl of newness all around you, it would be easy to get caught up in the momentum and maybe end up somewhere you never really intended to be. As you navigate yourself through, it’s going to be vital that you discover your “True North”. “True North” is the direction you really what to go: it’s the person you really want to become, the person God says you really are. “True North” is the internal compass you develop that helps you re-orientate when you begin to veer off in the wrong direction. It’s the place you come back to as you make the decisions of life. It’s the values you establish in your life that put God first in all that you do.

Now is the time to establish, with God, your “True North”. Live a life that lines up and moves you in that direction, find people that are heading in the same direction, and know that what you establish now is foundational to the brilliant future God has for you.

Paul, when he was writing to the Colossian church, had the same desire that they would establish something significant in their lives as they followed Jesus. His words set a profound “True North” for us as we continue our journey with Jesus:

6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in union with him, reflecting his character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin, 7 having been deeply rooted in him and now being continually built up in him and becoming increasingly more established in your faith, just as you were taught.

(Colossians 2:6-7 AMP)


Phil leads Vinelife Church Manchester and is the director of Jesus Culture in the UK. This article is taken from CAMPUS – Volume One. There are still a few copies left if you would like to place an order.