The past year and a half of college has probably been the most eye-opening for me are far as my relationship with God goes. I’ve learned just how vital his presence is to my joy, peace, and life in general. I’ve also discovered how easy it is to forget about your faith.
I only spent one semester actually away from home, but during those 4 months I learned a lot and I also think I matured a lot. You hear everyone say it- and you don’t truly understand until you experience it- but when you move out, you have the freedom to do anything.
No one is there to make you go to church every Sunday or Wednesday night.
No one makes you read your Bible.
No one is looking over your shoulder watching your every move and ensuring you make good decisions.
Everything that happens is up to you. This is when you discover who you are. This is when you find out if your faith is really your own. I completely and totally 100% believe that your character is who you are when no one’s looking. The choices you make without pressure or influence from those around you are what defines you as a human being.
Make your faith your own. Choose Jesus daily. Decide that the choices you make are going to turn you into the Godly woman that you are destined to be.
You have to put aside time to spend with your Savior. With as hectic and stressful as college life can get, spare time with Jesus won’t always just happen. You have to make it happen. The college atmosphere isn’t always friendly to Christians- especially devoted Christians committed to doing what is right.
The easiest way to stay connected to God in college is to get involved with things that will help you do so, like surrounding yourself with people who are going to strengthen you spiritually, or joining a Bible study group or organization.
You must be intentional with your faith.
Choose to read your Bible even after you’ve finished studying for two hours and you really just don’t feel like it.
Choose to pray even though you think you have better things to do.
Choose to get up on Sunday morning to go to church despite the fact that you could easily sleep through the entire day.
Let me assure you that you will need your faith to get through these next few years. This is as true to those of you still living at home as it is to y’all living away from home: you will need your relationship with God to give you strength while you’re in college. No matter how you’re going to school, no matter the activities you’re involved in, no matter the circumstances, you will need God (don’t we always?)
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
These are the years you will discover who you really are and what kind of person you want to be. For the majority of us, during these 4+ years, we will learn more, struggle more, and experience more things than we ever have in our life up until this point. That is why you must make your faith a priority.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
I need Jesus now. I’ve always needed Him, but I don’t think I ever realized how vital he is to my life until I got to college. There are new struggles, new anxieties, and new temptations everywhere you turn. Make Jesus your priority. Hold on to your faith and let it be your guide and comfort during these college years.