Have you ever heard of the human optimism pyramid challenge? Where you have the options of sleep, exercise, socialising and work but you can only choose three out of the four to do because there isn’t enough time to do all four. As humans, we are busy people! We try to pack our lives with so many opportunities and fun that it can often lead to performing a balancing act, especially for those who suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out)!
University is a place that has even more opportunities than ever to tug at our time and pull us in different directions. With hundreds of clubs and societies to choose from at every university, a busy social calendar, the opportunities that church life offers and squeezing in study, there’s a lot of opportunities awaiting you at university! It’s exciting. It may feel daunting. But it doesn’t have to be - God calls us to be holy and calls our time to be holy too (Romans 12v1-2). How can you use your time and opportunities at university to show Jesus to your mates?
My faith came alive at university through various opportunities that cropped up - I remember going out to do student outreach and being blown away by students' openness to chat about Christianity - I tried to learn as much as I could from watching others share their faith and be bold in doing the same. I learned to be present with my coursemates and choose discomfort through answering their many faith based questions. I learned about the opportunity to serve in a church by being a part of different teams. Being part of a church was where I cultivated a deeper relationship with God whilst being surrounded by other christians in similar life stages for the first time. It’s where I experienced what real discipleship looked like; where I prophesied for the first time and discovered my spiritual giftings. I had so many opportunities but the most beneficial ones were the times to get to know Jesus, spend time with other believers and share about Jesus with mates who were searching for something more.
I didn’t always get it right. I sometimes ran from opportunities due to fear of how my mates would react or the desire of wanting to fit in. It’s worth thinking and praying about how you want to spend your time at university before going. Will you let opportunities to grow in your faith and reflect Jesus pass you by or will you make that decision to choose discomfort and step out of your comfort zone for Jesus?
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