Classes every day. Homework every night. Meetings throughout the week. Intramural games mixed in between. Friends always wanting to hang out. This has been my schedule for the past month and a half, and I would venture to say that your schedule looks pretty similar. I feel as soon as I get done with one thing, another one pops up, and I’m always on the go. With most of my time taken up throughout the week, I tend to feel overwhelmed, and when I look back , I realize I have spent little time with God compared to everything else I have done.
This makes me think of Mumford and Sons’ line which says, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” I know, I know, I’m not investing my love in all of these things, but I am investing my time. And the Bible has something to say on this subject in Luke 12:34 which says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” One of the clearest indications of what we treasure is where we spend our time. So if I’m spending all of my time in areas that do not grow me closer to God, where is my treasure ? Do I truly value my relationship with God and want to know Him more? I challenge you to ask yourself that same question and answer it honestly.
If you answered like me, you see a need to prioritize your life, and I want to offer some ways we can invest our time with God in the midst of the busyness of college.
First, we need to take Matthew 6:33 to heart which says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” What this means is that every day, our first priority is to seek the kingdom of God above all else. This will put everything else into perspective. So when we wake up, our first thought should not be about class (even though I doubt it is), your schedule for the day, or even what to eat for breakfast, but instead, our first thought should be, “how can I seek the kingdom of God today?” One thing that has helped me over the years is waking up 30 minutes earlier to read the Word and spend time praying before I start my day. When we do this, it will give us a new perspective throughout the day. We will go to class filled up by God to overflow into the lives of others. The test that we were stressing out about will not be a worry, but it will be something that we overcome in Christ. In the midst of the craziness of college, we must seek first the kingdom of God.
Secondly, we need to see our free time as a gift from God. As college students, we have more free time than ever, and we tend to waste it in many different ways. If we have an hour break between class, we spend it checking Twitter and Facebook. If we get done with our homework, we watch whole seasons of TV shows on Netflix or play Xbox for hours. These aren’t bad things, but we tend to spend more time on them than we should. We should see our free time as a gift, and we should use this gift to pursue God. So maybe we check social media for only 5 minutes, and then use the rest of our break reading the Word, journaling our prayers to God, or reading a book that leads us closer to Him. Maybe when we get done with homework, we only watch one episode of Netflix and use the rest of the night to get ahead in your classes so we don’t have to miss church Sunday morning because we have to study. As college students, we have incredible amounts of free time, lets be creative in how we spend it growing in God and sharing Him with others.
The last thing we need to do is enjoy this time of craziness and glory God in the midst of it. In college, we live in a community surrounded by friends and something to do every night. This is a once in a lifetime situation. These are the last years that we can truly be spontaneous with our time. Take some roadtrips. Stay up late hanging out with friends. Experience new things. This is college, live it up, but live it up while praising and glorifying God. My friends and I were talking the other day about how these are the last years that we can all get together and play pick up sports any day of the week. That really hit home that in a couple of years, I won’t have the opportunities I have now. I challenge you to be joyful in the midst of the craziness and make the most of your free time in college.
The beginning of this semester has been hectic, but I would not trade being busy for having nothing to do. I would rather have my hands full than be empty handed, but I need to make sure I’m investing my time and life in God. As believers in college, let us use our time to glorify God and grow closer to Him while enjoying every minute of it.