And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. - Hebrews 10:24-25
One of the greatest support systems for our children in college is a strong, Bible-believing church. Often, churches near college campuses have dynamic programs to help new students find instant community and camaraderie.
Encourage your child to find a healthy church in which they can connect and find Biblical support through the college years. This will help them settle into the college life a bit easier, and provide a network of like-minded believers with whom they can worship and hang out with during their free time.
Lie #7: Education Is Everything
While most parents are proud to see their children work hard to earn a degree, the striving for higher education can become an unhealthy focus. There’s a balance between valuing education and viewing it as the ultimate success in life.
Parents would be wise to encourage their kids towards a solid education while reminding them that their relationship with God still takes priority.
In this post, 20 Tips for the Christian College Student, the author writes, “While you should value your education, it isn’t everything. Don’t make your education (or college experience) the reason you live and breathe. Yes, get good grades, make memories, live wisely in all you do. But life goes on after college.”
As families prepare for the college years with a sense of anticipation and excitement, they should also prepare for the possible challenges their children will face. The good thing is, God knows all about the lies that our kids will encounter, and He is faithful to help guide them in His truth.
Image Credit: ©Getty
Jennifer Waddle considers herself a Kansas girl, married to a Colorado hunk, with a heart to encourage women everywhere. She is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, Abide, and Christians Care International. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com where you can find her books and sign up for her weekly post, Discouragement Doesn’t Win. She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth.