Lauren Abraham is a senior at Grand Canyon University. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living here. She has loved her time at GCU so far, as she has made many friendships and discovered what she is passionate about. Currently, she is studying communication with a minor in marketing. She has always loved writing and working with people, and one day hopes to become an editor or journalist. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossians 3:23)
As the semester is coming to a close, you may be looking forward to having time to relax over summer break. However, with final exams on the horizon, it is important to finish out the semester strong by doing your very best.
As Christians, we are called to do everything as though we are doing it for the Lord. While here on Earth, the things we do, whether it be in our studies, careers or relationships, are to be unto the Lord. Everything we put our hands to can be an act of worship.
So, how can this be applied to our lives? As college students, we can honor God by being diligent in our studies.
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” With the feelings of stress that may have accumulated over the semester due to a busy schedule, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, if we are diligent in serving the Lord, we will see the benefits.
Even when it seems as though we are facing trials, God is with us. He uses challenging circumstances to grow us and bring Him glory. Hebrews 10:11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
In addition, when we are going through challenging times, we can rely on God’s strength. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” We do not have to go about trials on our own. When we turn to Christ, He will give us the strength to do well.
Ultimately, our purpose on this Earth is to glorify God. When others see that we are diligent and strive to do well, they will be pointed to Christ.
With final exams coming up next week, I encourage you to finish strong and work as though you are working unto the Lord. Remember that when times are hard, we can rely on God’s strength. In the end, there will be a great reward!
Grand Canyon University encourages students to know God’s plan for their life and equips them to participate in God’s purposes in the world. To learn more about GCU, visit our website.