HOW TO MAINTAIN A CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE IN COLLEGE
Christian lifestyle–What they say is true; college is like a small world on its own. But you must know that although it may seem so, it is not so different from the real world. In fact, college is a training ground and almost all the things you learn in there stay with you long after you leave.
In college, you have all the freedom you can get, no restrictions like when you were at home, no curfews and your parents are not there to caution or even punish you when you stray. It is quite easy for you to party all night long and pick up just any habits without fear of consequences. There is definitely nobody to dictate how you dress or who you relate with.
So college can be a difficult place for you to remain steadfast in your faith. Not only can the freedom be so tempting, you will be exposed to lifestyles and ideas that will be big challenge to your Christian faith.
All these are true about college but that does not mean you cannot graduate from college a better and more disciplined Christian.
The tips I have put together may help you incredibly.
JOIN A CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
If you want to maintain a Christian lifestyle while in college, you must seek out a Christian fellowship on campus immediately you arrive, and join up. It is not difficult to seek out these fellowships, they can be found on almost every campus and they also make effort themselves to reach out to people just like you.
However, if there are no such fellowships in your school, don’t lose hope. Immediately join a bible believing church close to your campus.
By doing this, you will strengthen your faith every day because; you will be constantly surrounded by believers just like you. Also, your learning does not stop.
PARTICIPATE IN THESE FELLOWSHIPS
You have done the first step by joining a Christian fellowship in your campus but it doesn’t end there. Endeavor also to participate in this fellowship. Join a group or department in your fellowship. You could join the choir, or the drama group, or even the bible study facilitators. If you are busy doing God’s work after school hours, there will be no time to engage in those other vices.
DEVELOP GOOD HABITS
Although it is good to be zealous about the things of God, zeal alone doesn’t do it. You must also build good habits to go along with it. You could help yourself a lot by cultivating a habit of personal devotion, prayer, personal bible study and above all discipline. Putting much effort to groom yourself spiritually can enhance your spiritual life while in college.
GET A MENTOR
Often we need someone to urge us along the right path. You are no exception. Look for a spiritual mentor on campus who you can run to for advice and encouragement, instead of exposing yourself to advices from friends and dorm mates who may not even be believers.
HANG OUT WITH CHRISTIAN FRIENDS
The bible makes it clear and it is true that bad communication corrupts good behavior. You must be wary of the friends you keep. I advise that you choose Christian friends who share the same convictions as you.
DO NOT FORGET WHAT YOU STAND FOR
Finally, be proud and bold any day to speak up on what you stand for. Most times, young collegiate are not bold enough, so they are easily pressured into going against their own beliefs.
Don’t put yourself in that position.