Last year I sent out a survey to my email list asking them what they wanted to see from me this year. One of the suggestions that I had was to talk about navigating college as a Christian. I’ve decided to start a college advice series. In this series we won’t only be talking about the highs and lows of being a Christian in college. We’ll also talk about college in general – developing good study habits, how to avoid burnout, etc. If there are any specific things that you think I should write about, feel free to leave a comment down below.
The “college experience” is described differently depending on who you talk to. For some, it’s the best years of their life and for others, it can be the most stressful. For me, college has been okay. The workload has been manageable, but it has been kind of hard trying to figure out where I fit in. This can be even more difficult when you’re trying to live like Christ. Here are five tips to help you navigate college as a Christian.
1. Surround yourself with like-minded people
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. – Proverbs 13:20
2. Don’t put yourself in situations that encourage you to compromise your beliefs.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
3. Attend church regularly or join a Christian organization
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25
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4. Stay in your bible and stay prayed up
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. – II Timothy 3:16-17
5. Don’t be afraid to express your beliefs
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings of the gospel according to the power of God. – II Timothy 1:8
Trying to navigate college as a Christian can seem challenging in the beginning. However, it’s better to be lonely for a short time in order to have victory in the long run. Remember that you have been set apart, not set aside. It is crucial in your walk that you avoid being around people who will have a negative influence on you. If you’re trying to be celibate, it may not be the best idea to hang out with the opposite sex late at night.
If you’re trying to stay away from drugs and alcohol, you might not want to go to that party where you know it will be present. Where there is temptation God will always provide a way out, but it’s better to not put ourselves in those positions in the first place.
I do want you to know that it is not God’s will for you to not enjoy life. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 says “I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor – it is the gift of God.” We do have to remember though, that bible encourages us to walk in the ways of our heart and the sight of our eyes, but God will judge us for everything that we do.
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