Spring has finally come to the Northeast Georgia mountains as the warm breeze and sprouting flowers have arrived. Although, this is one of the most beautiful times of the year, there is a dreadful realization… SPRING-CLEANING. With this alarming thought in mind, people begin to pack away their winter clothes and clean out cluttered closets that have slowly piled up with trash. Others begin the annual spring diet to lose the ten to fifteen pounds gained throughout the school year. “Stress eating” has come from the countless assignments around Christmas time. However, as students dust off their sandals and enjoy the warm weather, there is another important thing to remember this spring. After going to meetings, studying for tests, and writing countless papers, students tend to forget to spend time with the Lord.
Suffering from exhaustion from the late, night hours of writing papers and stumbling out of bed to early morning classes, it becomes more difficult to replenish one spiritually. As people look forward to the warm weather that consistently distracts them from studying, people slowly forget about the One who created the distraction. Yes, finishing up last-minute assignments and isolating oneself to prepare for final exams is important, but sometimes the frustration increases as one lacks trust in the Lord.
With Easter approaching, students need to remember to refresh themselves, not only, mentally and physically, but spiritually as well. Sometimes, one needs to take a break from studying and remember to trust in His provision. When one thinks about spring-cleaning, one usually thinks of the household, workspace, or the body, but some have forgotten about spending time with the Lord. With Easter approaching, the spring should be a time to reflect on Christ’s love for His people. Sadly, people forget what He has done on the cross. His magnificent and everlasting love is made ultimately significant through His sacrifice.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The temptations of the world are overwhelming, but with prayer one can be strengthened through the weaknesses and spiritual storms. It can be difficult to commit oneself to prayer and devotional time with the Lord. Sometimes, one should lay down their books, walk outside, and ponder on what the Lord has created. Students should not allow studies to blind them from remembering Christ love and the endless grace he provides for His people continually.
Taking some time to pray, whether it may be thirty minutes or two minutes, can encourage people in times of stress. Pull out the Bible and read a few verses before walking to class. Meet with people, form relationships, and pray for those who may be going through their own challenges. Everyone struggles from time to time with temptation of faithlessness. Living out faith is not always easy. However, reaching out to others and forming meaningful relationships are great opportunities to share the good news of Christ. Share with people what God has done throughout the school year at Toccoa Falls College. People can be encouraged by hearing what Lord has done in the lives of others. It is incredible how the Lord works. He provides when one loses trust. He picks one up when one falls down. He loves one when they do not feel loved. How magnificent the Lord is!
So remember, this spring season is not only about the basic cleaning duties, but also, faithfully renewing the mind. Thank the Lord for the warm, welcoming weather that urges people to remember His grace and resurrection on the cross. His beautiful masterpiece is His signature. Gently, He carries His children in His loving arms providing faith to trust and protection. This spring, TFC has the opportunity to recognize what Christ has done and share the good news of the gospel with one another. Each student has the freedom to live out the gospel to glorify the Lord.