From one Bible college graduate to another, here’s a brief word to students beginning their education this month:
- Do not use your school work on the Bible to replace your personal reading of the Bible. Even the most spiritually helpful class time cannot compare to the cumulative effect of a week’s worth of private quiet times.
- Don’t be thrown off by the way holiness has become “cool” on campus. This may seem dreamy at first, but it carries with it many temptations. If you find your popularity increasing with how righteous you are, stop whatever you’re doing and ask a trusted friend for an honest assessment.
- You won’t find every class, book, or topic equally interesting or helpful. That’s OK. It doesn’t mean your love for God is lacking.
- Read at least one work of fiction every semester, lest you unwittingly become, like Charles Darwin, a machine for grinding out (theological) facts.
- Don’t resent family members or former pastors who didn’t teach you all this wonderful new theology. People with fewer books than you may know something too.
- Don’t organize evangelism events if you have no intention of following up with or discipling those in your community. See suggestion #2.
- Being teachable is better, and more Christian, than being smart. That’s true in the classroom, the pew, and the dorm.
- Run from pornography as fast as you can. It’s a locust that will devour your years. Embrace flip phones.
- Remember Mom and Dad and grandma and grandpa. After all, you’ll be surprised how few of your college friends are still in contact 3 years after graduation.
- Go to church every week, preferably a church that would notice when you’re gone.