September 19, 2007

The Quicksand of College

I've had several of my college students share with me lately that they're struggling - they're spending less & less time with God and more & more time feeling like they're buried underneath the weight of all they have to get done and all that's expected of them. For anyone who's been in college, you know this feeling.

What is difficult to communicate to someone, and regrettably it seems we each must discover for ourselves, is that this is simply about choices & priorities. There are 2 things that you must demand of yourself in college or you will all of a sudden realize that your legs are stuck in the quicksand and there's no one there to pull you out. You must find fellowship and you must spend time in God's Word. Period.

So many students go to school looking for a church just like the one they've grown up in at home. They don't find that magical connection, they get discouraged, they quit looking and they quit going. And when you cut yourself off from the fellowship (and everything that comes with it) of the local church - a body of believers - you will begin to spiritually crash & burn.

And quite frankly I don't know how to even expand on this - as if it needs my validation. If you don't spend time filling your heart and mind with God's Word, you will fall flat on your face. Read Psalm 119:9-11, think about the implications. Hiding God's Word in our hearts is LIFE! It's your spiritual bread, water, oxygen.

If you're in college and you're facing this struggle to any degree, do NOT give up. Demand these things of yourself. You won't regret it. And you'll find that your studies (hello! you're in college!) will begin to improve as well. Don't believe me? I dare you to try it.

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