Hello ladies and gentlemen! It is that time where school is about to start! I am entering my final year of my undergraduate years and will be graduating in the spring! Yay me! LOL. Given that I have been in college a while now, I have some wisdom I would like to share! When I started college, I was a lukewarm christian! Freshman year, I was adjusting to college life and fitting in! My courses for the most part were easy, but I said my prayers and understood God, but I didn't respect Him. It is so easy to be a lukewarm Christian and forget your upbringing. Therefore, forgetting your upbringing, can lead you to be friends with just anybody! That's exactly what happened to me!
2 Corinthians 5:17 ES
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
John 15:5 ESV
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
These scriptures should help you remember who you really belong to. Nothing can substitute the identity that you have in Christ. Not even a new group of friends, sorority, organization, relationship, etc.
What are some practical ways to be keep your identity in Christ while at college?
1) Have quiet time with God everyday!
2) Find a new church home!
3) Surround yourself with Godly friends!
4) Know when to say no to people!
5) Join positive organizations!
6) Pray to God to make the right decisions!