I am about to head to college and move out on my own, under my own rules and my own authority, and I have a lot of decisions to make. For 18 years I have lived with my parents, obeying their rules and being taken care of for free. Now I have to decide which rules I will carry with me. It could be really easy for anybody to decide to party and rebel from everything they have been taught the last 18 years of their life. As a Christian though, this is not an option.
When we are young and we disobey our parents we may or may not get caught, but with God this is not true. We know from Jonah that He sees everything we do and we cannot hide from Him.
Keep His Commandments
Ecclesiastes says, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man” (12:13). This verse helps me to keep my goals for college serious and on track. I know that as a Christian, I cannot use college as a time to stray from God. My goal for college is to become stronger as a Christian and be the best example for Christ that I can. Human beings learn from examples; that’s how we learn to talk, walk, and act. Christian attitude may not always rub off on people, but if a Christ-like attitude helps one person come to Christ it’s worth everything.
Listen and Learn
One of my goals for college is to have a better capability of listening to advice and instruction and using it to strengthen my relationship with God. It can be really easy to give advice and to try and correct someone, but when I am on the receiving end, I sometimes get irritated. Proverbs 19:20 says to “listen to advise and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”
One verse in the Bible that has always stuck with me is Proverbs 31:30. It says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” The world today, tells young girls and women that the only way to be beautiful is to wear expensive clothing, have perfect skin, perfect hair, and the perfect “supermodel” body. All of these things will eventually come to an end. We can’t take our clothing or our bodies with us when we die. Keeping our soul alive with Christ and loving Him with all of our heart, mind, and spirit is what is truly beautiful; God sees into our hearts and knows whether we are truly His. This verse has always helped me to remember that outward appearance is not what pleases God, and not what makes a Christian beautiful. So as I go to college and my parents aren’t there to decide which articles of clothing are appropriate for me or to tell me how to conduct myself this verse will help me to always remember what God expects of me.
Leaving for college is a scary thought for me, because I have always leaned on my parents so much. But, the Bible reassures me that God will take care of me and I can master college in Christ’s image. I’m not saying I will go all through college without making any mistakes. Everyone messes up, but with God’s help I know I can stay firm and build a stronger relationship with Christ my Savior.