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By Julius Gingles '21





Don’t be too hard on yourself,

You are doing your best.

Pick up your Bible from the shelf,

And God will handle the rest.

Rest in His presence, be ready to receive

A Word from His lips, will you believe?

He has always been there


I just turned 22 but I feel much older

Time has flown by so quickly

My beard has gone through its cycles

I have made lifelong friends and

I have parted ways with a few but

I praise God that He has shown His love through every single one of them

He has always been there


There will always be a part of me that wishes I used my time differently over the years

What if I studied a little longer for that exam?

What if I didn’t spend an entire day watching YouTube and completed my homework?

What if I made more spontaneous plans with friends when I needed some company?

What if I had more perseverance to adapt to this pandemic that we are in?

There will always be “what if’s” but God knew where I’d be today

He has always been there


One thing I will take away from my time at Brown University is this:

Pure and genuine satisfaction in life comes from the Lord alone

There is nothing like the joy and peace that comes from His presence

No friendship, grade, or accolade can ever compare to His goodness

No circumstance or hardship is worth compromising faith in Him

I am loved and made worthy by God and in that, I am fulfilled

He has always been there

Pray for me

My faith has had so many ups and downs these past few years

I have had my bouts with doubt and not knowing my purpose

Double-mindedness and compromise in faith have been a part of my journey

Forgive me Lord for all of the times I looked to temporary solutions

Remind me of the precious gift of life, I pray I won’t forget

He is the solution that never fails me


I am 22 and I don’t have everything together

And the great thing is that I don’t need to

There is grace beyond measure that holds me up

There is mercy for the mistakes I have made in the past

There is love from those who have stuck by me for so long

Even though these past few years have been a roller coaster, I am grateful

He has not given up on me


Don’t be too hard on yourself,

You are doing your best.

Pick up your Bible from the shelf,

And God will handle the rest.

Rest in His presence, be ready to receive

A Word from His lips, will you believe?

He will always be there


“For you are great and do wondrous things;

you alone are God.

Teach me your way, O Lord,

that I may walk in your truth;

unite my heart to fear your name.” Psalm 86:10-11, ESV




Illustration by Jocelyn Salim '23

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