When beginning my adventures here at Luther College, I was so excited to only attend classes for four-ish hours a day, since this was a complete change from grade school where we were in the classrooms for eight hours. I believed that there would be so much time to do other things… Oh man was I wrong!! I forgot about the homework and studying that you have to do every night, which tends to be a lot. Weekends have always been the worst for me; making time to hang out with friends, working at Marty’s Cafe, finding time to do homework, trying to get a workout in, and then attending a church service on Sundays. Sometimes there just isn’t time for all of these things.
The past couple years here at Luther, I have realized, for me, that the item that I decide to get rid of in my schedule is attending church services. I know that attending church is something that I should and even need to do, but it is usually the easiest thing to cut out. I hate myself for even doing this, but it just happens. Church here at Luther is during the most inconvenient times (well for me at least). We have our regular service at 10 am on Sundays and our focus service at 9:15pm on Sunday nights. For me I have a lot of classes on Monday, so Sunday is the last day that I have to finish up my homework. Sundays do not work.
I am not trying to make excuses for myself, but this is the truth. I try to make time for church here, but for some reason I just can’t. Instead of attending church here, I try to either read a passage from the Bible or I try to listen to Christian music to keep myself focused. These items usually help focus me not just on my studies, but also help me stay close to God. Everyone needs to find something that helps keep them closer to God and still work on their faith. This is one way for me to do this.
I need to always remember that God will always be with me and will help me get through anything that comes in my way. “Do not fear for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. Surely I will help you; surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. So when I do not attend church I will do the things like listening to Christian music or read the bible, in order for me to remember what Isaiah 41 states.