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Dorm Life: Truth vs. Temptation
By Melissa Valle
I just want to start off by saying how excited I am for anyone who is starting off their first year of college. I remember first moving into my dorm at school. I had such a blast getting to know more people and getting settled and welcomed into my dream school. For returning students, it’s a new year for us all and though we are going back to the same dorms and the same school, there will be some nice changes for us all this year.
Now, I am aware of the circumstances of residence life at college. Your close friends are your next-door neighbors. Your class is just a short walking distance away. You are in charge of your diet and you are free from being scolded by mom when you buy those boxes of ramen and cookies. I am also aware that in most schools you are free to have your guy friends and boyfriends hanging out in your dorm all you want. You can also easily hide those bottles and cans in your fridge.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that the “first 6 weeks of freshman year are a vulnerable time for heavy drinking and alcohol-related consequences because of student expectations and social pressures at the start of the academic year.” That is more than enough time to make drinking a habit. The Washington Post states that, despite wanting to go on dates, college students “hook up more than actually date.”
Ladies, I understand that this is college, and your parents are no longer watching after you. I know that it is just so easy and you don’t see any harm in it. I get it that this might help you feel more welcomed or connected with your new friends. However, remember what you have been taught by your leaders and pastors that have always loved and prayed for you, and from the man that has bled for you and loved you, Jesus Christ. In John 7:37-39, the Word of our God tells us to drink from Him. The Bible says to keep ourselves in the love of God in Jude 1:21. Think of these verses when that temptation begins to creep in. Stay put on the fact that God’s word is His love story to us, that He commands these things to us not to control us but to protect us from any harm and the consequences that always come from sin. What may now seem like just a small indulgence can lead to a lifetime of regret. Be mindful of your actions, for we are called to be different in all aspects. It may be tough for you to follow God’s commands, but remember that while it is impossible to please the world, you are completely accepted by God when you are found in Christ.
So for those of you who don’t see the problem with fitting in with this culture of casual drinking and sex, know that “Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8). Those who might struggle with temptation, pray for the school year that you will not fall like it is stated in Luke 22:40. Let Christ be all that you need and pray that He will give you His strength in your weaknesses. For those who came to this too late, you can still repent and turn away from this and learn to drink of who Christ is and know His love for you. You can still flourish in the Lord and His ways. “ There is more grace in the heart of God than there is sin in the heart of man.”