A Balancing Act

College is a constant balancing act between taking care of your self, having a social life, and of course, academics, but being a Christian college student adds yet another thing on to the pile: Relationship with God.

Balance

Finding Time

When I am cramming to write a research paper and study for exams I rarely remember to eat let alone go to church or do a devotional. How am I supposed to make time for God when I do not even have time for my self?

For the answer, I dove in to the very book that I was avoiding: The Bible.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 
(Matthew 11:28)

This left me with more questions. When do I have time to go to God? How is he to give me rest? I feel as if I do not have time to do anything I want, and when I do have time I do not want to use it to work on yet another responsibility.

Responsibility, that word is exactly what was wrong with the way I was viewing my relationship with God. If what we believe is right and true as Christians, then Jesus devoted his whole life to die for us, and we can not give him a couple minutes, or more, a day?

Importance of Prayer

Yes, we have a responsibility to ourselves to nurture of relation with God, but it is not another assignment or Job. Our Relationship with Christ is a choice and can only have positive results. It is not something we are graded on or paid for.

We, as Christian college students have twenty minutes to spare to read a passage in the Bible. We stay up late any way. We have the ability to pray in the morning and at night not just so that we can pass a test, but to ask God to bless others as well. If we find our relationship with God important, then we will make the time. I have found that when we do make the time for God the rest of our lives balance out as well.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
(Matthew 6:33-34)