This is a message from me to all my fellow christians out there who also have to deal with one of the most challenging times of our lives, by saying this I mean – who would have thought it – Highschool or College.
I mean, honestly the struggle is real! Partys, alcohol, gossip, bad companions, …the list goes on and on. Not forgetting the really stressful exam periods. Some of us may also have jobs and other obligations besides school. Now, the question is:
How can I as a christian keep my faith strong in highschool/college? How can I not walk with the crowd? How to deal with unbelieving friends in general? How can I strengthen my private time with the Lord and spend more time with Him?
1. Abide in Him 24/7
One of the most effective ways I tried to always keep my faith strong was/is abiding in Him. I mean, of course we should abide in the scriptures day and night, but what I mean with abiding is more than just the scriptures. One of the reasons our spiritual life gets stuck is because we minimize our spiritual time by thinking just reading the bible defines spiritual time. Well, I don’t know about you, but once I started to think like this reading the bible became an obligation instead of something I long for.
Abiding in His word means more than just reading the bible. You can follow christian Instagram accounts or use Applications – just everything that helps you to learn & grow in Him. You haven’t yet downloaded one? What are you waiting for??? HURRY UP and download!
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2. Don’t walk with the crowd
My friend, I know you may already heard it 1000 times, but you we’re not meant to walk with the crowd. You were meant to stand out!
If you know what your friends do is wrong, don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe and say “No!”. -Okay I don’t want you to actually scream “NOOO!!!!!” every time you get asked to do something you don’t wanna doh aha. Simply be confident in what you believe in and brave enough to stand up for your beliefs.
Be proud of who you are. Be proud of what you believe in. Be proud of who you believe in. He choose you out of more than 7 billion people, to be His witness.
3. ”Game over for unbelievers!”
As you can read from the title- end all your friendships with unbelievers! -Okay, joke. Of course you shouldn’t do this. In my opinion we have two different types of unbelieving friends:
The first type are those who make bad remarks about other people, those who always go out partying, drink alcohol, even take drugs etc. etc. Those friends aren’t ‘friends’ you should walk with. But there’s also a second type of unbelieving friends: those, who always care for you, who always help you, those who are nice and friendly to everyone but most importantly those, who help you grow. Well of course unbelieving friends can’t help you grow spiritually, but they can help you grow mentally. Those friends are friends you should walk with. I know by myself how hard it can be to actually end those first type friendships, but believe it’s worth it. Choosing friends is not just a decision you make for your time in college/highschool. It’s a decision you make on how succesfull you will be. Either in your time in college/highschool, or in your daily life, in your job and more.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1.Corinthians 15:33
↑↑Yes, it’s more than true. ↑↑
4. Prioritize your time with the Lord
The first and most important thing to consider is yourself. You can just be as spiritualy active and alive as you allow yourself to be.
I know it can be hard sometimes…prayer in the morning,the middle of the day and in the evening, reading your bible everyday/ bible study time etc. but just keep on doing. It’s worth it. Your quite time with the Lord should be the most important time in your daily life.
” Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35
If you start reading the bible passage from verse 29 beginning till the end you’ll notice, that this verse is in between a sandwich, a sandwich of Jesus’ hard working time of praying for people, serving, delivering and healing. After doing so Jesus stood up very early in the morning, went off to pray andthe moment He finished He immediately continued to pray, serve, deliver and heal people.
Jesus needed this time of not focusing on His work but of focusing on God. He prioritized this time and got up early before working in His ministry, went off to a quite place and prayed. It’s just that simple.
Prioritize your time with the Lord, if it’s 5, 10 or 30 minutes a day, just do it. If you draw near to God, God will draw near to you. He knows your timetable, your plans, your jobs and your occupations. Everything He longs for is just a short, initmate time between you and Him.
As a teenager- okay let’s make it sound a bit better: as young adults it’s really important to make sure that we’re still on fire for the Lord. Nowadays life as a christian is really hard and tempting. I hope that I could not only help you, but also encourage you to stay on fire.
Some people say Goodbye – I normally say it too – but this time I say: Stay On Fire!