What is the cost of attending Providence? The total fiscal cost varies from student to student based on their financial aid package (one that is notably more generous than many other Reformed Christian institutions). But students pay more than money during their stay here.
The rigorous course load of Providence requires students to spend their time. This was especially seen last week during midterms, but students are presented with assignments, papers, and tests every week of the semester. Each student is faced with this question every minute of every day: “Am I going to work or play?”
Let me be the first to say that neither choice is right or wrong in moderation. The key to a productive college experience is a balance of the two. But let me suggest another question to supplement the first: “Am I being a good steward of my time?” Christians understand that time is a gift. It can either be used to the glory of God or to gratify one’s own desires.
The age-old slogan, “time is money,” comes to mind. We can spend it well, or we can spend it poorly. No matter what, it has to be spent— sorry, there is no way to incorporate your “Dutch spending habits” into this deal.
Time, like money, is a commodity, and one that carries the weight of responsible spending. Invest it, even if you know you will never see any results other than the satisfying knowledge that God was glorified. Whether you are cramming for that test (or, even better, studying for that test weeks in advance), taking a walk with a friend, contributing in a theological discussion, or tying your shoe, consider what it is you are spending, and how you are spending it. After all, as C.S. Lewis said, “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”