Lessons From College: A Different World
Posted on: December 13, 2013, by : Brandon Gilliland

I’m excited to publish the first post of the new series “Lessons From College”. Like I mentioned previously, I learned a lot while away at college for the past few months.


A little back story…


I have grown up in small towns my whole life. Since I was seven years old, I have lived in the small town of St. Augustine, Florida with my family. It is a nice town. Country atmosphere. The people are generally nice and welcoming. This was all I knew…until I moved to south Florida.


Downtown West Palm Beach


Immediately I was immersed right in the middle of the city life. The Miami metropolitan area containing the major cities in south Florida is a busy place. It was a new experience, and I loved it. I still do; however, I did not realize how different this area really was.


Driving into the city, I was greeted with twelve lanes of traffic (six on each side) completely congested with automobiles. Everyone was the zone and in motion to quickly get to their destinations. Everywhere I turned, I noticed sports cars that were worth more than many houses. The life here was high-society. With casinos, clubs, bars, strip clubs, and all the entertainment within a few miles, I realized that I needed to always keep my guard up and to remember why I am here- to get an education to do what God has called me to do.


The club life in south Florida is huge, and it has almost become a social norm within my generation.


In the city, I soon noticed that people are very fast paced and generally do not give you the time of day. Everyone is only concerned about his or her own reality. This, for me, was different.


Once classes started, I soon began to realize how worldly this place really was. In “the south” most everyone is taught manners and respect. Here, it was completely different. People did whatever would bring pleasure to them, without caring too much about anyone else.


I soon realized that this was the world. A different world from what I had been exposed to for so long. However, I am glad I have gotten to see the reality.


Fast forward a few weeks, I found an amazing church and began to develop friendships with great men and women. I soon found myself no longer alone in the fight for morality. Since this turning point, I have seen God work in my life and the lives of others around me.


Here are a few things I have learned:


Don’t Get Comfortable


When you are comfortable, you are in serious trouble. For the past few months, I have been living to be uncomfortable.


God has an amazing adventure for all of us, but if we are not willing to step into the unknown, we can miss out.


For the past few months, I have learned to step out. Every day for me is an adventure, and I believe it is important to live that way.


God does not call us to exist. He calls us to make an impact.


In the next post, I will share on relational evangelism…stay tuned!


Question to think about: Are you willing to step into the unknown to do what God has called?




  • Rachel

    Thank you for this post! As a college student at a liberal arts school, I’m constantly feeling The Lord calling me to be bold and uncomfortable on this campus so that I see these people as lost souls who need Him. I’m thankful to know that there are born again men of God who are being evangelists in college!

    • Thanks for stopping by to comment, Rachel! It a hard thing to be bold, but it’s also so worth it. People will respect you more for the things you stand for. Remember Colossians 3:2.

  • So many challenges we face…but they are opportunities to learn and grow. So glad you’ve connected with a church and group of people.
    Your post brought back memories for me when I went off to college. I came from a very small town and college life was excited, confusing and busy. It’s easy to get swept up in all the activity and worldliness and forget we belong to God.

    Proud of you!

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