As anyone who’s ever been in college knows, college is stressful. Late nights and early mornings lead to mid-morning exhaustion and afternoon breakdowns. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, college students tend to be pretty run-down. I’ve always prided myself on my ability to get things done efficiently, but college has tested my limits. And that makes it hard to have peace about where I’m at.
Since I go to a Christian college, chapel happens multiple times a week. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we have opportunities to be spiritually filled for an hour. For that one hour, we slow down and take time to pause the urgent, pressing matters, and focus on something more important: our souls. It’s so easy to get stressed out over every little thing that doesn’t go our way, but sometimes we do have to realize that there are more important things.
Recently I’ve felt convicted because I’ve let my faith dwindle a bit. Projects, papers, and exams loom over my head, and I forget to put everything on hold and turn my eyes toward what will actually fill me. I thought that by coming to a Christian college, the faith part would come naturally. Chapel should be enough, right? And small groups, jam sessions, conversations over breakfast? Shouldn’t that be enough to grow my faith? But it’s been harder than I expected.
Living on campus, everyone’s always swarming around, and it’s hard to get that much-needed alone time – both for my faith, and for my introverted soul. I’ve found myself taking extra long showers just so I can be alone for a few more minutes. And it gets discouraging sometimes, because sometimes I really wish I was a social butterfly, but I’m just not. I’m more of a cactus, probably – a little prickly sometimes, and not requiring much TLC. But I have this well inside of me (much like a cactus) that’s full to the brim of things I could say. And I hardly ever say them.
So, my friend, this little blog post has been a little chaotic, but I want to leave you with this: If you’re a college student, like myself, or perhaps a professor, parent, high school student, or wherever you are in life – slow down. Take a deep breath. And rest. And then get back to everything you have on your plate, because it’s probably a lot. 😉 I know that’s what I’ll be doing for most of today, right after I open up my Bible and take a little break.