Well, the school year started and over 1,000 freshmen girls joined Greek Life. As a former Greek student at Mizzou, I’ll be the first to say that I am excited for these freshmen and the journey they’ll have in Greek life over the next four years. However, as a Christian in the Greek community there will be times over the next couple of years where it will be challenging to follow Christ in your chapter – whether that’s in dealing with gossip, rude talk, drinking, sexual temptations, pride, etc. If you haven’t felt these temptations already, you soon will.
So, what do you do when you are hit with so many temptations in every direction? Rather than telling you to just suck it up and not fall into those temptations or to drop your chapter so you won’t have to deal with them as much, I want you to be encouraged to stay in your chapter and to fight to follow Christ as a Greek student.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 says:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.”
Whether you’re a freshmen who just became Greek, or you’re a senior who will soon be ending you’re experience in Greek Life, know that the Lord placed you in your specific chapter for a reason and that he cares about your chapter and the rest of Greek Life at Mizzou. Never again will you live with 70+ girls in one house and be such close friends with that many people. Take advantage of where the Lord has placed you and be encouraged that he has plans for you in your specific chapter.
So, knowing that the Lord has placed you in your chapter for a reason, how do you practically follow Christ? Though I wish I could exhaust this topic more, I will give three practical ways that will hopefully be encouraging and helpful to you.
- Remember what the Bible says about sin. You are not fighting sin merely because the Bible says to, but because you love the Lord and want to be obedient to the life he has called you to live. He knows what is best for you and what will truly make you happy.
- Know that you are not the only Christian in your chapter, even though it may feel like that at times. Find other Christians in your chapter and in the Greek community who can hold you accountable, encourage you and pray for you.
- Call upon the Lord in prayer whenever you’re feeling weary and burdened from temptations. He will help you and strengthen you to continue to persevere in following him.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “ – Isaiah 41:10