It is my firm belief that Satan’s weapon of choice against Christians, especially women, is the weapon of fear. No other weapon is as efficient and effective when it comes to crippling Christians and keeping them from living the life that God desires for them.
This reality became very apparent to me as I entered college. When I left home to pursue my academic dreams, I carried with me grand plans of making a name for myself and conquering the world. I wasn’t prepared for the ensuing waves of self-doubt and fear that followed me through my academic career. I struggled with depression my whole life, but college brought a new nemesis: anxiety. Despite my battle with anxiety, I was able to make a lot of great memories, but I often look back and think of all the things I missed out on because I was too afraid to try.
College is a unique animal; at one moment it can feel make you feel eternally hopeful and the next moment it can drag you to the pit of despair. So how can you weather the roller-coaster ride that comes with going to school?
My mantra in college was a paraphrase of a quote by the writer Basil King: “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” As Christians we have the mightiest force in the universe on our side, but how often do we live in that reality? College is the perfect time to practice breaking out of your comfort zone and living a bold life.
A few years after graduation, I went back to work at the college I attended. I now interact with students every day, and it’s amazing how much more clarity I have being on this side of the table. The students who stand out to me are not always the smartest, or the funniest, or the most engaged. The students who stand out to me are the ones who aren’t afraid to take a chance on something new, even if they don’t succeed the first time around.
College is the ultimate training ground for what you will experience in the future, and one of the most important lessons you can learn in college is how to break out of your comfort zone. Living a life of boldness starts with understanding your identity in Christ and exploring the passions that He has given you. What better place to explore your passions than at school, surrounded by other students hungry to learn and teachers eager to impart knowledge? Don’t fall into the trap of “just doing enough to get by”; use your time in school to break out of your comfort zone and explore your passions on a deeper level.
When you live your life in fear, you rob others, and yourself, of the chance to experience the unique gifts that God has given you. Walk in boldness, even now, and you’ll be surprised by how God can use you.