There comes a time in every college freshmen’s first year when the assignments, friends, and/or distance from home becomes almost too much to handle. If you’re like me, it takes you awhile to finally break down and admit that it’s too much for you. But when I break down, I BREAK down. This utter breaking point is when I realize that I need God more than ever, and you probably feel the same way. Maybe you pray every day or have forgotten to talk to God since you moved-in; nonetheless, in our low points, all it may take is the written word of God to remind us that He would not put us through anything we could not handle. Here are a few of my favorite verses that I go to when I need to remind myself of God’s everlasting presence beside me throughout everything my freshman year brings.
Personally, this is the verse that I live upon. It serves as a reminder that no matter what challenge I take on, if I fill myself with God, I can withstand any blow I may receive. With this, I feel ready to take on any quiz, student government campaign, or final exam. I know that no matter how it turns out, God will make sure I am standing taller than ever afterwards.
You may be right down the road or hundreds of miles away from home; either way, the loneliness that the college freshmen experience brings is a common feeling all share. Believe it or not, everyone gets lonely or sad sometimes, even those that seem like their adjustment period took all of five seconds. So when you are feeling far from home in this alien place called college, remind yourself that God walks in front of you, clearing your path, beside you, holding your hand, and behind you, watching your back.
College makes the little things seem big and the actually important things seem small. Upon first exposure to college life, it is easy to get caught up in the material things, the indulgence in Earthly pleasures, and the pressure to change views or morals in order to “fit in.” This verse reminds me to wake up and realize what things in life truly matter. When we focus our eyes on God, it is amazing how trivial everything else becomes. Remind yourself to look up every once in a while and I promise you that when you look back down at the Earth you’ll see everything differently.