BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God."
~1 Peter 2:16
I've mentioned before that God did not make us to be like puppets on strings; rather, we have free will and are able to make our own choices. This independence is a huge gift, as it means that not everyone chooses to follow the ways that God calls us to, and sometimes the independence takes toll when we try and take the easy way out. Being in college, I have so much freedom when I am at school; I can do my homework whenever I want, I can eat whatever I want, and I don't even have to go to class if I don't want to (although I'd be wasting my own money if I did that, so I don't). But what's more, I don't have to go to church if I don't want to. My family is no longer here, and they cannot make me go see Jesus every weekend or more. I'd love to say that I've stayed strong throughout my time at school so far, and that I have done everything I can to create a better relationship with God. However, I struggle just as much as the next person, and taking advantage of being able to make my own decisions is the number one culprit. That particular decision - whether to stay in the church or not when you're free to make your own choices - is something I thought I'd bring up, seeing as this is my first day back at school. Here's what I have to say on the subject: YOU have to make YOUR OWN decision. Whatever situation you're in, whether it's your first time being an adult or it's your first time away from your parents or whatnot, YOU are in charge of YOUR life and YOUR relationship with God. It's all you. I know not every person will accept a future with God, but it is my hope and encouragement to you all today to not take a life with God for granted. Find the people that will help you get in a good place with God right off the bat, and grow from there. Make good choices, ladies! Your Laughing Sister, Callahan