Devoted Christian students often find it difficult to balance between their schoolwork and spiritual life. A lot of things go on in college which demand student attention. There are back to back classes that need to be attended, take away assignments, tests, and desires to keep up with friends. All these demands can weigh heavily on a devoted Christian student and chances of leaning towards one direction while overlooking the other are quite high. Some Christians students have stated an attempt to balance between the two lives result in one of them suffering, either spiritual life shines while academic dwindles or the other way around. However, it is possible to succeed in academic and spiritual life where both lives are carefully balanced. This guide has some ideas you can apply to balance both academic and spiritual life and excel in both.
One way to shine in both academics and Christianity as a college student is to avoid too many extracurricular activities. This is a challenge to devoted Christian freshmen who get overexcited with college extracurricular activities. They feel compelled to join sports, university clubs, and other activities that make them feel happy. These activities consume most of their time and find they have no time for spiritual matters after lectures. This is why it is imperative to select activities in college that are in line with Christian life or purpose. This ensures you remain focused both in academics and Christianity.
It is important that you keep a small circle of friends. Too many unnecessary friends can make you abandon your spiritual life and even your academics. This normally happens when you keep friends with whom you do not share similar goals in life. If you keep the company of such friends they will waste your time and probably distract you from your Christianity and chances are you will eschew your spiritual life. You need to be intentional with who to befriend as some can be parasitic and misleading. Make friends with Godly people who can walk with you in spiritual life. It is worth noting that friends are highly influential and the one you choose can determine your success or failure not only in your spiritual well-being but also in your academic life.
College life can be intimidating. You have to keep up with long hours lectures, continuous assessment tests, regular tests, and presentations all within a short period. These overwhelm most students, and they try to relieve the pressure by looking for other pleasurable things to curb it. This is why there are incessant parties and other fun activities in college that are normally organized by other students. As a devoted Christian college student you will experience the same pressure probably twice, and you may feel you need these stress-relieving activities more than others. While there is nothing wrong with it, you need to be extra cautious to avoid wasting time too much with irrelevant things. It is recommended that when you are having fun you select activities that do not compromise your Christianity. The activities you engage in should be a reflection of your devoted Christian status. Those are few ideas you can apply to balance between academic and spiritual life.