Freshman year Nick,

Open yourself up and never stop being vulnerable with people. There isn’t a certain level of vulnerability that you reach and then you can stop being honest with people. Never stop processing with people and surrounding yourself with people who genuinely listen and respond to you. There is always more of God to be had. At no point in your life, but especially as a college student, will you have “made it” fully. God always has more to give you. He has more for you in the way you live your life. He has more for you in the way you understand and experience Him. Make complacency an enemy in your life and fight it with everything you have. Keep moving forward.

Don’t replace having friends with getting to know God as friend. Let your friendships be an addition to your relationship with Jesus, not a replacement. Take time to be alone with God and process what you are thinking and feeling with Him. It is in the context of community that your life will continue to be changed, but if your community isn’t leading you to be more personal with Jesus, there has been a disconnect somewhere. Don’t forget that community isn’t only for the purpose of your fulfillment, but also for you to pour yourself out into. Don’t overlook the needs of the people you are close to. Don’t overlook the needs of the people you pass on an everyday basis. The Christians around you are hungry for more of God, whether they know it or not. The people you pass on a daily basis are hungry for more of God, whether they know it or not. You have the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit inside of you. Let that come out in the way you talk to people and treat people.

If you ever feel like you are stuck, or don’t know what to do next, do whatever you think would be a good means to know God more. Meet with people to sing and worship. Continue to be taught be people older than you. Ask for prayer. Get real with people you trust. Read a book that challenges you. Go through a book of the Bible. Take the things that most people know Christians do, and instead of doing it for the sake of religion, do it in the name of Jesus so that the Holy Spirit can empower you more.

-Nick of today