Pursuing Jesus When College Excitement Hits

New classes. Books. Friends. Hopes for the future. College.

It’s that time of year again and, for those of us attending college, nervous excitement is screaming loud (at least for most of us).

What classes will we have? Who will we meet?

The hustle and bustle of college preparation has begun and, right along with it, schedules and time slots.

Between work, events, family time, and school, time for Jesus and Bible study suddenly disappears. By the time we rush through the day and settle in for bed, sleep beckons us.

We no longer have the energy to talk to the Lord or read His word. We’re worn out and promise to make time for God the next day. It’s an addicting cycle and, as college students, it isn’t hard to fall into.

That being said, it is possible and incredibly rewarding to focus on Christ in the midst of the school year.

Pursuing Jesus When College Excitement Hits

While schoolwork takes up quite a bit of time and energy, there are three major factors that help to navigate the busyness.

Personal Intentionality

Moral Support

Time Management

These concepts are crucial in determining our priorities throughout the school year.

Personal Intentionality

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Proverbs 21:5

Those words from King Solomon are on point. Being busy can be beneficial, but if we’re going about each day rushed and distracted, it doesn’t do any good.

Life isn’t about accomplishing that long to-do list. Living life means finding joy in the little things and honoring Christ by what we choose to prioritize.

In college, we can’t get around the fact that we have plenty to keep us busy. However, purposing ourselves each day to surrender our plans to the Lord is the best way to pursue Him, even in the midst of school.

“A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

Moral Support

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

1 Corinthians 15:33

We’ve all heard the rumors about typical college kids. They are party animals, money spenders, and up to no good.

Of course, not every college student fits into that stereotype. Nevertheless, it’s there and it’s time to address it.

Being a Christian in college is challenging. Even if we choose to attend a Christian school, there will always be those people who like trouble.

It is essential to get our priorities straight before college shows up. The friends we surround ourselves with will impact our journey, for better or for worse.

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Proverbs 13:20

Time Management

“For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?”

Luke 14:28

Time management is a big problem for many students. We have so much we want to accomplish in a single day, let alone an entire school year. What does this mean?

Start managing your time wisely before college even begins!

Jesus wants more than a few words each day. He loves the time we choose to spend with Him, even when we have other things going on.

For some, that means waking up a little bit earlier. For others, it’s setting aside a certain hour in the day to have quiet time.

Whatever the case, spending quality time getting to know our Savior is the foundation for trusting Him, loving others, and valuing our identity in Him.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

Pursuing Jesus when college excitement hits is worth it and will impact the way we view the future and the life He has given us.

What do you think? Tell me in the comment section below!

How are you planning to pursue Christ in college this year?