University Life

When Greg completed his second year in the university dorm,  he decided that having Christian roommates made it too easy to be a Christian.  He wanted to be more effective for Christ.  He decided that next year he would let God choose his roommates!

The next fall he was assigned a campus apartment with three guys he’d never met. We visited one weekend and picked him up for church on Sunday morning.  Their front door was ajar.  I gently tapped on it and the door opened to a living room covered with sleeping students and empty booze bottles.  I stepped around them, walked up the stairs and knocked on Greg’s door.

“Come in!”  Greg was sitting up in bed reading his Bible.  In the next bed a young couple peeked out from under the blankets.  “Oh!  Hi Mom!  I’ll be down in a sec!”

Once he was in the car my only comment about the situation was, “If Sebastian wants to have his girlfriend spend the night, you need to insist on school rules: ‘No girls overnight in guys’ rooms.'”

When we returned home I wrote Greg a note short to encourage him. I included two Bible verses. The first was 2 Thessalonians 3:6 “We command you, brothers,  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life…”  I wrote, “Greg, I believe you are serving God just as much as any missionary overseas.  You are allowing God to use you, while keeping yourself apart from the others. This is not easy, but it is good. I am praying for you and I believe God has big plans for your life.”

The second verse I used was Psalm 119:165:  “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”  I wrote, “You are not going to weaken, Greg.  You love God’s Word and God will keep you strong.”

BTW,  Greg talked with Sebastian after we left.  That very afternoon Sebastian and his girlfriend moved their bed downstairs.

  • Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165
  • In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.    2 Thessalonians 3:6
  • The above experience prompted me to write this song using 2 Thess 3:6 and Psalms 119:  “Seven Times a Day”

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to University Life

  1. Helene says:

    Great advice and prompt obedience.

    • Kathleen says:

      I agree! But I do believe that great advice came directly from the Lord. Because I certainly could not have come up with that on my own! All praise and glory to Him!

  2. Frank King says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Kathleen. Though it was by choice, Greg underscores something I really believe. That is, you don’t have to live in an ideal environment to serve the Lord, if you are committed to serving Him. I understand the value of having Christian friends and being in a Christian-friendly environment. But for some people that’s not an option. They must live for Christ where they are.

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes, and fortunately missionaries typically choose to live in places where there is a need for the light of Christ to shine. Greg had a missionary heart then and today he’s a missionary full-time.

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