As you step back into the school environment, whether as a Freshman in High School or a Freshman in College, you might feel like you’re at the bottom of the social ladder again. It’s a time filled with unfamiliar hallways, new faces, and a diverse group of teachers guiding you through this educational adventure. Amidst the excitement and chaos, I want to share a word of caution, especially for young men of faith.
The Bible warns in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” In your academic journey, you’ll face challenges and temptations like never before. The enemy will attack you with every trick in the book, targeting your weaknesses and perhaps even revealing some you didn’t know you had.
To help you navigate these turbulent waters, I want to encourage you with 2 Timothy 3:14-15: “But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.”
Make a commitment to yourself to stay faithful. Write it down and place it somewhere visible—a locker, backpack, or dorm room wall. In the upcoming year, you’ll encounter experiences you never thought possible. You might be offered drugs, confronted with temptations of a physical nature, exposed to alcohol at parties, and even questioned by teachers about your faith. In all these situations, remain faithful to your beliefs.
Consider becoming involved in a campus ministry or a Bible Club if you’re in high school, or a Campus ministry if you’re in college. There are numerous great programs out there, and connecting with other believers who are in the same situation as you can help you stay strong in your faith.
This year, be on guard, knowing who you are, what you believe, and in Whom you believe. If you need assistance finding a Campus Ministry, don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and we’ll be more than happy to help you find one on your campus.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and your faith can be your guiding light. Stay strong, stay faithful, and thrive in your academic endeavors while nurturing your spiritual growth.