In the previous post, I shared about my experience of entering college and living away from home. I brought up the ideas of normality/comfortability vs God’s adventurous plan. If you missed it, check out the post here!
I have grown up with a great family. My parents have taught me how to live a life that pleases God. For this reason, I stayed out of a lot of trouble in high school.
I never went to a party that involved wild things. I never drank even a sip of alcohol. I never even kissed a girl. Needless to say, I had not experienced the things most teens experience during their younger childhood. I’m thankful for it.
For this reason, I knew it was important to always be on guard to protect myself. I knew that I would probably be asked to try some of these things in the future, but it would not be very often.
I was wrong…
When I started college, what I thought I would be asked maybe once or twice, soon became an every day event. I found myself immersed in a culture that views heavy drinking as not only enjoyable but also acceptable, sex as something not only shared between people who think they love each other but also between people who don’t even know each other, and parties and clubs to attend almost every night.
During the semester, there was not a single day that went by where I was not offered, in some way, alcohol or sex. If I wanted it, I could easily get it. It didn’t take long before people started to figure out what I stand for; however, it didn’t stop.
I can still say that I have never had a sip of alcohol, attended a wild club/party, or kissed a girl. I purposely set these boundaries to keep myself out of major trouble.
Set Your Boundaries
I share my story because it not only keeps me accountable, but I believe it can also encourage you in your life today.
There are things we all struggle with. In my stage of life right now, culture emphasizes alcohol and sex. It’s hard to stand for what is right and to maintain a sound mind in the middle of a selfish culture that only promotes these things.
That is why it is so important to wake up every day with the mindset that there is an enemy out there who only wants to destroy your purpose for living. God has an amazing plan for you, and if the devil can get you distracted, he will try to bring you down.
As a Christian, you are living an oxymoron. If you don’t know exactly what I mean, check out my post on it here!
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”