The Sovereign LORD is my strength; (Habakkuk 3:19)
College students must learn to deal with a relentless class schedule along with the stress of studying, relationships, and social events. The challenge is even greater because these provided quicker payoffs than time spent in spiritual growth.
In this post, Tanner discusses his time challenges, and how he navigates the Florida Free Bible, Mission, & Work Training Center (BMW) environment.
“Making time for devotions and prayer is pretty easy,” say Tanner, “because BMW sets aside 30 minutes each morning for quite time with God and prayer.”
Depending on the semester and the amount of homework due each week, Tanner tries to spend a good amount of time enjoying fellowship with his fellow students. “But first I always make sure to at least be caught up with all my homework.”
The time to put thoughts into action comes during discussions. In fact, says Tanner, the teachers “try to keep us away from debating about doctrinal topics, but do encourage us to study them and talk about them.” For example, during an Ethics class last semester, students were challenged to use the Bible to support their views on today’s controversial subjects.
Any environment for true learning requires that authority figures encourage growth through interaction. The faculty at BMW is open to different doctrinal views, as long as they are biblical and do not lead to a false teaching. There isn’t pressure to pick one doctrinal view over another. Rather, says Tanner, “We are expected to develop a doctrinal perspective, know it in depth, and defend it.”
Ultimately, learning and recognizing the time for application of knowledge is each student’s responsibility now and after graduation. Patience in this pursuit must not be overwhelmed by the need to speak.
Someone once said, “The day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Trust in the Lord to reveal that day.
Love in Christ
Read more about Tanner’s college experience.
The diversity challenge
The faith challenge
The freedom challenge
His goals now and after college