College is hard.
There are going to be times when you have multiple projects, assignments, and tests due in the same week.
There are going to be times when you have to be in five million different places at once.
There are going to be times when all you want to do is go home but you can’t.
There are going to be times when it seems like nothing is going your way.
There are going to be times when you are overwhelmed with stress.
You may feel like giving up, like you just want to run away from everything.
You may feel alone at times.
You may feel like you can’t do it anymore, that you aren’t ready for a life of being on your own.
Although those things may happen, you cannot let them get to you. Don’t let it consume every fiber of your being. It is so important to keep your focus on God; especially during the rough times. The earthly things you may turn to are not going to help you for eternity.
Your roommate can’t.
Ice cream can’t.
Although those things may help, but their effect is only temporary. Only God can bring you eternal peace.
Only God can bring you true joy that’s everlasting.
Only God will always be there for you.
Only God can truly comfort you.
Only God can give us hope.
“For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His place.” (1 Chronicles 16:25-27)
“I know, O Lord, that Your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. Let Your steadfast love comfort me according to Your promise to Your servant. Let Your mercy come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight.” (Psalm 119:75-77)
“If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away and let not injustice dwell in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor. But the eyes of the wicked will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their last.” (Job 11:14-20)
Focus on God. Don’t let earthly things turn your heart away from Him. God is there. Don’t just seek God’s help during the rough parts of life, look to Him during the good as well.
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all of my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.” (Psalm 34:4-5)
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 19-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.