Atlantic Caribbean Union

A Message for Adventist University Promotion Day

By Dr. Gamaliel Florez, Education Director, Inter-American Division

Shakespeare, the famous English writer, once wrote: "To be or not to be..."
For many years, that phrase has made countless people around the world think. It has been translated into many languages. The writer wanted to make people think about the responsibility they have to develop themselves as persons.
Usually, we speak about what we want to have, but seldom do we speak about what we want or ought to be. Definitely, it is more important to be than to have. You may lose your material possessions, but unless you want to, you will never lose who you are. In fact, Ellen G White says that what we are (our character) is the only thing that we will take to heaven.

Young people have to make many decisions, and almost all of them are transcendental in determining what they will become as individuals. Some of these decisions involve beliefs, relationships, health, marriage, profession, or future work. In one way or another, these decisions impact their salvation.

The Lord inspired His people, the church, to have an educational system for our children. He knew that they would need assistance and orientation in their decision-making experience, and He wanted Christian teachers to help them in that experience. This is what our schools are for.

As you contemplate the idea of going on to college, it is very important to realize that you are a whole person, and that while you pursue a professional education, many important things will be happening in your life. This is the time when you make friends for the rest of your life. It is the period of life when you fall seriously in love; it is your opportunity to find your first true love. It is the time when you affirm your convictions. Therefore, as a Seventh-day Adventist, you cannot attend just any university. Your place is in the Lord's University, and that is a Seventh-day Adventist University.

You may have many reasons for not attending an SDA university, such as money, distance from home, and some others, but there is a major reason for you to go, and that is your salvation. God made you to be saved. To be or not to be saved, that is the question.