Keeping the Faith
It is with a sense of apprehension and excitement that many first year students leave the
familiarity of home, family and friends for the uncertainty of campus life. Although we
may all share the feeling of being overburdened with that impossible calculus or business
class, for a young Christian, the sense of being alone in the midst of a lax environment
where it seems that no one shares your faith and values can be overwhelming. By this
time, you may be asking yourself what others will think of you if they find out about your
faith. What do you tell the guys or girls when they ask you if you want to go out to do
something that you just don't approve of? Where can you go to find others who share your
faith in Jesus, and understand what you are going through?
Rest assured that you are never alone in any plight that you may face, whether it be
in regards to your faith, workload, or life in general, as the Lord has promised us that
"never will I leave you, never will I forsake you". (Hebrews 13:5). Through prayer and
faith in this promise, we can overcome whatever situation we might face, not by our own
means, but through Christ's power. It is by this assurance that we can make a stand for
what we believe in class and among our friends.
In regards to the last question, though it may seem at times as though you are the
only believer on campus, in reality there are many other students on campus who share
your faith and values. Meeting other Christians who share your experiences and having a
good time in the process is as simple as joining the Christian fellowship group at your school
or a local church youth group. So despite the stress and pressures of university or college, take heart.
The Lord is there for you, and you are never alone in your situation.
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