God is present no mat­ter the jour­ney you take on

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I’m headed to college shortly, and I ad­mit I feel lonely and scared. I’ve heard all sorts of things about the way peo­ple who take Je­sus se­ri­ously are ig­nored or even mocked in college, and I won­der what I’m get­ting into. Do you have any ad­vice for me?

Q: A: — M.R.

The most im­por­tant truth I can give you is that you are never alone. God is with you, and he wants to help and en­cour­age you ev­ery step of the way.

What can you do? First, make cer­tain of your com­mit­ment to Je­sus Christ as your sav­ior and lord. Don’t see him as just one of many in­ter­ests; see him in­stead as he re­ally is: the cen­ter and foun­da­tion of your life. Re­mem­ber: he loves you so much that he gave his life for you. Now give your life to him — to­tally and com­pletely.

Then seek out other Chris­tians on your cam­pus. Most col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties have ac­tive Chris­tian groups; your pas­tor or youth worker may know of them, or cam­pus bul­letin boards may in­clude in­for­ma­tion about them. You aren’t alone; other be­liev­ers are fac­ing the same ques­tions you’ll face, and you need each other.

In ad­di­tion, spend time alone with God ev­ery day, no mat­ter how busy you are. Make the Bi­ble and prayer part of your daily “spir­i­tual diet,” and take time to pause and re­flect on what God wants to do in your life dur­ing these years.

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