Hi, everyone! My apologies for going “ghost” on all of you. My adjustments to college are taking a little more out of me than expected. Being a college freshmen is a struggle! I hate to break it to you, but that’s just about the only way I can explain it. In this post, I will tell you about one of my struggles and how I think I have it a little harder than some others.
I’m not expecting you to understand my struggles. To understand my struggles, would be to experience my struggles. But I am asking you to understand that the temptation struggle is real! College comes with immense freedom! If someone is calling in the middle of the night to go somewhere, I don’t have to worry about asking Mom or anything like that. There really is no one here for me to answer to. I believe that having so much freedom makes the temptation greater. I’m not saying that I’ve never been tempted to do wrong. It’s just never been this easy to do wrong. It’s really “all in my face” rather than just being a foreign thought that I could easily push away. As I was typing, I remembered that in Royalty Mindset’s early stages someone made a request that I talk about temptation; therefore, this is perfect! Sorry about the delay. (;
For some time, I’ve been working extremely hard to build a respectable image for myself. I often find myself saying, “I work hard to make my name great”. And by that I mean that as long as I making the Lord’s name great, He will make a way for my own name to be great. The thing that makes this so hard for me is that I came in with such concrete plans and expectations for myself. Some people come in with a mindset of living their lives to the fullest without any real worries of how they are representing themselves as long as they are having a good time. I knew what I stood for and how much work it took for me to get where I am. I didn’t come in worrying about how I would maintain my image or all that I worked for because I just knew that I would be able to handle it all with no problem, but here I am at the beginning of week four telling you how much of a struggle this is for me.
I keep finding myself in these situations that are testing me and everything that I stand for. Just like most of us, I was raised to know right from wrong. And for the most part, I’ve lived by those teachings. I have never been a “problem child” or one to get in much trouble. So, to be struggling with something like temptations goes against all I’ve ever known. It is actually quite shocking. Something will come up and instead of dismissing it as I normally would, I find myself actually thinking about it. How do I deal with all of this? I’m glad you asked (LOL). I tend to think of all I have accomplished, the goals I have for myself, and what I would be risking if I actually succumbed to these temptations. I also have to remind myself of my daily prayer to live a life that is pleasing in God’s sight. I would never want to be in a situation and have THE Almighty God frowning upon my actions. It just wouldn’t sit right with me.
Temptations may come, but please understand that you are in control of how it all plays out. I completely understand (TRUST ME) how tempting these things or maybe even people can be!! You have Stay Golden and remain uncompromised! At the end of the day, you have to realize how much you would be risking and the consequences of your actions. I will be the first to tell you, based on my own recent experiences, it is not worth it! IT IS NOT WORTH IT! We only have one life to live. I don’t know about you, but I want to make sure I am living the life that God wants me to live, even if I have to fight the urges and temptations. I just said it, but I’ll say it again…Stay Golden!