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July 19, 2016

Tips for Staying Faithful with Devotions While in College

Christian Young People – Pay Attention!

Sadly, one of the first things to go when life gets busy in college is one’s personal devotional time.  When so much is going on around them, college students find it hard to make time for devotions.  After all, they do not want to miss out on any of the activities.  However, personal devotions should be the last thing to get knocked off the schedule.  Here are some helpful ways to stay faithful in devotions.

Write It in Your Planner

Frequently, devotions are the first thing to go because no time is actually set aside for devotions.  To set that time aside, it helps to actually write it down in the planner in pen. This way, there is no scheduling on top of the devotional time.

Turn Off the Cell Phone

One of the main distractions is people texting or getting notifications from Facebook, Instagram, or snapchat.  Yes, be aware of the time, but there are watches and clocks for that.  Leave the cell phone out of sight and out of reach.

Accountability

It is easy to not feel as bad about skipping a devotion when it is just you holding yourself accountable.  However, when there is someone else pushing you and keeping you accountable, it is harder to miss those days even when you are tired.  So, get an accountability partner or partners

Something is Better Than Nothing

There are going to be days when you only have time for 10 minutes in the Word.  That is okay.  It is far better to have some time then to forgo any time with God.  However, don’t make that a habit.  Remember, if you want to have a good relationship with someone, you spend as much time as possible with them.

Have a Plan

Have a plan in your devotions. This does not mean you have to sit down and write out lesson plans, but rather, choose a book of the Bible to read through, or have a devotion guideline.  It will make your time with the Lord more fruitful and purposeful instead of bouncing around in Scripture.  Yet, there will be times when you drop the routine because the heart needs to hear the Psalms or you drop to your knees in prayer.  That’s okay.

Have a Place

Find a place where no one else will run into you, bother you, or in any way, distract you.  This can actually be one of the hardest things to do because it is difficult to find a place that is separate from everyone else and quiet, especially in the dorms.  However, it can be done.  Just shutting the door while your roommate has class and taking that time to do your devotions works.

Look for Mentors

When you go to a Christian college like Geneva College, you are blessed to be surrounded by fellow believers.  Geneva only hires professors and staff who are evangelical Christians, so you know that they will affirm your faith and values.  If you are struggling in an area like this, talk to one of the many godly people, who are employed at the college.  They will be happy to listen to your challenges, give you practical advice, and even offer to pray with you.

Now, doing these tips does not automatically make you a better Christian or bring you closer to God.  Rather, these are just helpful ways to guide you in remaining faithful to your devotional time.  With the Lord’s blessing, may you be drawn ever closer to Him, and may your life be pleasing in His sight.  One day, may you hear the sweet words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

-Hannah Beckhusen ‘16