"This doesn’t last forever"

This video, posted on TWLOHA’s tumblr today, struck me as an apt metaphor for college years:

“This doesn’t last forever,” this coffee artist says, “and that’s what makes it special.”

He claims that his only artistic medium is coffee art (no paint, pencil, clay) for 2 reasons:

  1. It’s more about the process than the outcome.
  2. It’s more about serving the cup of artistic coffee to one person than seeking the admiration of many people.
Maybe college should be more about the process than the outcome (to some extent anyway, because certainly earning a degree is an important outcome). Maybe college should be more about serving one person — yourself, more importantly others, and I think most importantly God — than about seeking the admiration of many peers, professors, employers, etc.
As I’m approaching college graduation, I could ask: How has the process been? Am I serving what I’ve created to myself, others, and God?
If indeed the process of being in college has been good and can/will be used for good, I can rest in that. Because time at college wasn’t meant to “last forever” anyway but was meant to be given away in service — “and that’s what makes it perfect.”      
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