I came across a blog post the other day that I think many of you will find interesting, if not helpful. As you may know, we (Mark and I) were affected by Christ in a deep way during our college years. It was during this time that our faith was tested and we were forced to decide for ourselves, “What’s it gonna be?” Our faith became very much our own, as the saying goes. Our desire is that you would experience much the same thing with your own faith. This is where the blog post comes in. It’s from a blog I read regularly called “What’s Best Next.” I’m still trying to figure out what the title means, but this particular post concerns a new book entitled, “Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World.” Some very prominent theologians and church leaders have endorsed it and so I’m sure the content is very good. I haven’t read it personally, but it might be worth a shot for you to give it a read. College is a great opportunity to grow in your faith by leaps and bounds, but it’s also very common for kids growing up in church to abandon it by the time they have graduated from college. Sure, some still go to church, but their hearts are far from God. Don’t let that happen to you during college, we beg you! Remember 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Even if you don’t read the book, at least read the post (especially the quote from Jonathan Edwards from a few centuries ago).
Here’s the link: http://www.whatsbestnext.com/2011/03/thriving-at-college/