College is an exciting experience! As a freshman, you’ve probably spent the summer attending orientation, buying dorm décor, and befriending other students on Facebook. Reality only sets in when you head to class for the first time. What you do in college can determine the course of your life.
Today I’m giving 3 pieces of faith-filled advice to help you navigate this season of life. If you’re not a new college student, keep reading. This advice can be applied to anyone venturing on a new journey in life.
1. Spend time with God
Everything from TA sessions to campus parties will vie for your attention in college. However, you must spend time with God every day – even if it’s a quick 15 minutes to pray and read scripture. You will constantly face unique challenges and make tough decisions. Staying in God’s presence is the only way you can receive His direction.
“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.” Psalm 73:28 NKJV
2. Connect with other believers
It’s important that you connect with a community of believers in college. Join an on-campus Christian fellowship group or create your own. Routinely meeting with other believers will strengthen your relationship with Christ. Together you will be able to pray, study the Bible, and receive Godly counsel. It’s also a great way to make friends!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
College culture will try to convince you that being a workaholic is the way to be successful. You will be pressured to pull constant all-nighters, jam pack your schedule, and consume unhealthy amounts of caffeine. Don’t fall into this temptation. Work is necessary to achieve your goals, but rest is too. When you rest, God blesses you with the energy to do the work He’s called you to do.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 NIV
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