The Houses of Parliament - on the 5th of November 2011
Remember, remember, the 5th of November - on Guy Fawkes night here in the UK I went to see it with my own eyes, and it's true - the Houses of Parliament are STILL up and there was no blowing up! It's still a conspiracy ;) and V for Vendetta didn't take place. Anyways, that's a simple picture of the Houses of Parliament in London, UK, very close to Big Ben :) Read more about the Palace of Westminster, visiting the Houses of parliament, tourist information, etc.
Encouraged - the Christian Students on Campus, their testimonies
When you go to university that's when "life starts", or at least the part where you are FREE from your parents, you're on your own, and you can basically do whatever you want to do. But if you love the Lord and enjoy Him every day, even though you're free to do whatever you want to do, you still fellowship with the Lord about the little things, the big things, the invitations and words of your colleagues, the matter of having certain people as your friends, the relationships with the other students, the morality and ethics of the other students of professors... - there's so much to talk to the Lord about! And even more - you can enjoy the Lord with the other Christian students on campus! You can "flee youthful lusts and pursue" the Lord with those who call on Him out of a pure heart!
But as our experience tells us, our life is full of ups and downs, happiness and sadness, lots of failures, giving in to our friends, etc.... Also, university keeps people VERY busy, and the assignments, course study, essays, seminars, course work, etc... - so that even after classes are finished you need to stay up late at night to study... What's worse is seeing all the other students at the end of the week or at the end of the day going out, doing things, getting involved in things - and you may think, O, Lord, maybe it's OK to do this or that, or to go there with them... Or maybe you feel like, I have no time for the church life or meeting with the Christians on campus - I'm too busy with work, with the clubs I joined, the coursework, friends, etc... Well, along this line, a dear Christian student asked me this question,
How do we balance our Christian life / church life with our study life? How do we give the Lord the preeminence in all our studies?I thought about it, and it really makes sense - is this possible? Should I take care of ONE, or the OTHER? Are they mutually exclusive? Does loving the Lord help or hinder your studies? Can I study without paying attention to the Lord, and when I finish university, I will come back to Him? - there are so many questions like these... - so I found some very good answers given by some dear Christian students on campus via, Being a Christian Student on the Campus (some of which I'm quoting below):
God, our education, and our character - We as human beings need to fulfill our duties. As students, we need to study and do our best while we can. However, we need to strike a balance between these two things. We cannot say that we only want to love the Lord and attend all the meetings but cast our studies aside. This is not right. On the other hand, we should not love education more than God. God must have the first place in our being.
Practically applying the Life-Giving Spirit to Our Lives - Recently, I’ve been learning to enjoy the Lord as the Life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). We’ve heard this many times, but so many times in my experiences I do not stand on this fact. I’ll wait until the Friday night home meeting to enjoy the Lord, or wait until some sister calls me to read the Word. But the Lord went through a marvelous process so that we can enjoy Him anywhere, anytime, and at any place. We can practically apply this through prayer – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tell us to “unceasingly pray”.
take care of the Lord first and make a schedule! If you give the Lord one hour, He will give you two hours back. Writing an essay is not a matter of ‘quantity’ of time, it’s a matter of ‘quality’. I’ve found that once I’ve enjoyed the Lord, my mind is calm and I’m able to sit down and actually get something done! If I start an essay without touching the Lord, it’s really like untangling a big ball of spaghetti!
Love the Lord and gain Him – there is no other way! Given the insurmountable workload, the constant stress, and the many “attractions” that university life has to offer, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that we have been called out of the world and into Him – we have been called to be a lover of Christ. To this, I have many a times fallen victim. Yet, the Lord is gracious. If we only turn back to Him (by reading His word, calling on His name, and touching Him in our spirit), He is faithful to be our daily moment-by-moment supply.
seeing our studying in the light of God’s economy - In Matthew 6:24 the Lord says “You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mammon is usually associated with wealth and riches, but as students our “mammon” can become our education. We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and live according to His purpose (Rom. 8:29). Therefore we should not be anxious but diligent to study and not neglect our love of the Lord Jesus.
enjoying the Lord and testifying Him! Throughout the years there have been many difficult situations both in university and in my personal life, but the Lord has been shepherding me to turn to Him, to just take Him as my All, my Person, the living One in my spirit. Through Christ in us we have access to the Father, and in Christ we lack nothing! He doesn’t “dispense virtues” to us – He dispenses His very Person into us and this wonderful One solves all the problems! My top enjoyment from my college years is learning to turn to the Lord and leaning on Him in everything, from small things to big things – practical things and things I’m going through inwardly.
[I hope YOU enjoy these testimonies - read them in full via, Being a Christian Student on the Campus - and leave me your comment below concerning the question above. How is it for YOU as a student / working saint / parent / child? How is YOUR enjoyment and experience of the Lord and the church life?]