As a Christian, it might seem all fun and games upon arriving to your freshman year of college. You think to yourself, “I am going to make so many new friends!” and “I am going to grow in my faith!” To some, these phrases may be very true. For myself, going to a known party school and trying to find a supporting group of Christian friends seems like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I quickly realized that this is not a simple game of Where’s Waldo — this is the Hunger Games. Despite if you are religious or not, EVERYONE is trying to find their tight nit group of best friends and you have to act fast.
At home, it may have been relatively easy to keep your faith surrounded by your best friends but in the midst of college chaos things might be more difficult. It is human nature for us to want people to like us, however what is more important: being cool or keeping your faith? These are two things I found to be getting in the way of keeping your faith in college:
The party scene
It may seem that everyone you meet is involved in the party scene…well, that is because most people are and temptation surrounds your every move. If you take the big step to hold on tight to your morals and decide not to party in college, to be honest, you are probably going to have a little more trouble finding friends. Sad, right? Instead of partying, try joining local youth groups. They do super fun things on Fridays and Saturdays that glorify the Lord and maybe even make you laugh until you cry. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is so important. Proverbs 13:20 says “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but a companion of fools will be destroyed.”
You are busy. We get it.
Honestly, we are all busy. Every college student is in a constant state of making plans and studying. Knowing this, being busy should not stop us Christians from being involved in youth groups and bible studies. Maybe instead of spending 30 minutes watching your favorite Netflix show, try using that time to do a daily devotional (a tip that I need to follow). I know from experience that it can be so easy to fall into a routine that does not involve glorifying the Lord. It is so beneficial to stop praying for your own will to be done, but to trust in God’s plan for you. I no longer have to worry about doing life alone. I once heard a good tip about staying faithful daily – make alarms on your phone to remind you to choose joy or say a little prayer throughout the day.
As a child I was raised in a Christian household where my parents made it look seamless to keep up with their faith in a sin filled world. Boy was I wrong. Behind the facade of smiles and encouragement, being a Christian adult is turning out to be much harder than I expected and intended, but I am loving every minute of it.