COVID-19: How to Deal With Uncertainty as a College Student
Over the past few weeks, the country has experienced more change and uncertainty than it has in decades. As schools and colleges are closing their campuses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus has infected the entire country with uncertainty and has left many of us feeling overwhelmed.
Thousands of college students are left asking, “what do I do now?” Many universities are transitioning to online classes, and students are leaving their dorms and moving back home. This transition means that Christian students are pulled away from their local churches or campus ministries, and are finding that while still taking online classes, they have a lot of time on their hands and no help for growing spiritually.
College student: You may be tempted to use this time to catch up on Netflix (I’m a little guilty of this), video games, social media, or simply to take a break from the busy schedule you’ve been keeping. And while these outlets may be fine for a couple of days, my challenge to you is to leverage this unique season to grow in your intimacy with Christ and to continue to be a light to the lost and hurting around you. Covid-19 may change how ministry is done, but it won’t change what the ministry is. God is still building His Church and wants to use you to further His kingdom. Paul tells the Ephesian church:
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
With these words in mind, here are a few ways you can “make the best use of the time” during this season.
- Pursue community over isolation.
Proverbs 18:1 says, “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement.”
One of the enemy’s primary objectives is to get believers isolated so that he can take them out. If you’ve ever watched the Discovery Channel, you know that lions hunt the animals who have been separated from the herd. The best way to fight the lies of the enemy is to surround yourself with those who love God and love you, even if you do this digitally. You may not be able to go to church, but you can still be the church. Join us online this Sunday, March 22, at 9:15 or 11:00 am at biltmorechurch.com/live or on the Biltmore Church Facebook Page.
- Pursue technology to strengthen discipleship relationships.
Again, Covid-19 changes how we do ministry but not what the ministry is. Group Facetime, Google Hangout, and Zoom are all great resources that can allow us to pursue discipleship with one another while staying safe.
This season is a great opportunity for you to deepen your relationship with those you’re discipling or being discipled by, even if it’s a weekly phone call or facetime session. Accountability for believers in seasons like this is vital. Take advantage of the technology God has given us to grow in your knowledge and love of God with one another.
- Pursue God with your spare time.
One of the most common things I hear college students say is, “I’m just so busy this semester.” Consider now how God is giving you an incredible amount of time to enjoy him. Now is the time to develop or strengthen the daily rhythm of getting in God’s word. Now is the time to learn how to spend time in prayer. Now is the time to evaluate your relationships and ask God what his desire is for you and for them. Now is the time to begin memorizing Bible verses.
Where should you start? Try out a Bible reading plan or try setting a daily alarm clock that reminds you to pray. These habits can be sparks that create a fire in your heart for God and His word.
Much like the Ephesian church, let’s look carefully then how we walk, making the best use of the time. God wants to do something in you and through you this semester, regardless of the uncertainty and changes you are facing.