No One Loves You As Much As The Father

No One Loves You As Much As The Father

Stop looking to the world for love and start looking to your Creator.
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This time last year, I found myself reflecting on my first semester of freshman year of college.

It was fun, I'll admit. It was eventful and exciting; I stayed up every night until 3:00 a.m. and was constantly with my friends. However, as I reflected on my semester, I realized that I had spent the past four months searching.

Yes, searching: for acceptance, for attention, and for love. I felt like I had to feel like I had enough friends and enough attention at all times. I spent every Friday and Saturday night downtown because that's where my friends and the cute boys were. I clung to any ounce of interest a boy would show me and would do the craziest things to get the approval of my friends. However, every Sunday morning I would wake up full of regret and feeling empty.

Christmas break came, and I realized that that wasn't the life I wanted to live. I knew that I would only find true satisfaction when I laid my life down to the One who gave me life.

I told myself everything was going to be different. And while I changed my actions, my heart hadn't changed in the slightest.

I found myself going to church and every campus ministry I could fit into my schedule because I wanted people to notice me. I wanted the approval of my Christian peers. I wanted the attention and the glory and the praise. I wanted the acceptance; I was still searching.

However, I'd find myself feeling that same emptiness that I would feel the morning after going out. I was never satisfied. I never felt "loved" or "accepted" enough, no matter how many Christian friends I surrounded myself with.

How stupid was I to think that I could be satisfied by human love and attention? Why didn't I realize that the love of our Heavenly Father is the greatest love of them all?

Friends, I want you to know that you can try everything from partying to bible study, but no matter where you go, the things of this earth will never be able to satisfy our longing to be loved.

We have a Father who loves us more than we could ever imagine -- He sent His ONLY Son to die for us! Yes, us! Us sinful, dirty, greedy human beings.

His love never fails, never gives up, and never runs out on us. It won't leave us out and it won't let us down. It won't leave us with a one night stand and a hangover, and it won't leave us feeling empty.

No human being will be able to show you a fraction of that love.

No human being will be able to satisfy your desire for this kind of love.

This isn't a struggle that's sensitive to people who party and people who don't. This is a struggle that we all face. And if we keep looking to the world to fulfill our desire to be loved, we're going to be consistently left feeling empty.

If you go out because you're looking for attention and acceptance, you're going out for the wrong reasons. If you go to church because you want approval from others, you go to church for the wrong reason. Trust me, I've been there.

So, take a step back and reflect on what you're doing. If the Lord isn't satisfying your desire for love and acceptance, what is? You and I both know that whatever it is, it's doing a crappy job of satisfying your heart.

Dig deeper. Figure out what it is that is taking priority in your heart over the Lord and flee from it. He brings us a love that will never leave us empty and will never run dry. Why wouldn't we run to it? Why wouldn't we search for that and desire it daily?

His love is greater than life-- search for that kind of love, and you'll never be unsatisfied.

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5 Things To Do When Your Professors Challenge Your Beliefs As A Christian

As long as you know God is FOR you, it doesn't matter who is AGAINST you.

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Being a Christian in our world today is very, very challenging. There are many misconceptions about our beliefs and our morals, as well as people who believe we don't practice what we preach.

As a college student, I've come across many professors who enjoy challenging my beliefs due to the "lack of evidence" or the "impossibility" of the circumstances. While it frustrates me to no end, I've had to learn that arguing and debating with people who don't believe in God is pointless. They aren't going to change their mind and there's no way a college student is going to change that.

Arguing will get you nowhere, people are going to believe what they want to believe and we can't change that. Instead of trying to debate with your professors, do these five things instead. I assure you, you'll get much more out of them than an argument.

1. Pray

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Pray to God to help you and your belief remain strong, but also pray that the Holy Spirit finds them and touches their heart. A heart that isn't filled with God is an awfully sad one.

2. Acknowledge that people don't always agree with your beliefs

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If someone tried to convince you that God isn't real, you're not going to listen to their points or anything else that they have to say. Acknowledge that people think differently and sometimes you can't change that. Only God can.

3. Drop the class

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This is really a last resort, but it's also understandable. I would hate to have to sit in a class where I felt personally attacked for over an hour each day. If you find yourself in this position, get OUT.

4. When things get too difficult-- bathroom break

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Sometimes all you really need is a breather. When the lecture gets too tough, ask to go to the bathroom, get some water, and say a prayer.

5. Read your Bible

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This is the most important one. Your bible has all of the answers, no matter the circumstance. If you find yourself unable to cope with the challenges the professor presents to you, open the bible and start reading. God will fill your heart and put your mind at ease.

It's hard enough feeling out of place in today's society, just because of your beliefs. Then to have someone constantly challenging everything you base your life off of? That's even more difficult!

But instead of arguing, choose one of these five things to do. It will be a much better use of your time and you'll feel much better about it than you would by arguing with someone.

Who knows, maybe one day God will touch their heart and things will be different. God's pretty powerful and can change things in an instant. Trust him.

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10 Truths Millennials Who Grew Up Southern Baptist Know As Well As The VeggieTales Theme Song

"Just As I Am" still makes you ready to eat lunch.

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Millions of children in the United States grow up in a household that identifies with a denomination of Christianity. Southern Baptist is a popular Christian denomination in the southern US, and many families immerse their children in it from a young age. I was one such child in the early 2000s, and my church experience as a kid was pretty awesome! I got to do all sorts exciting things with my church community while building my faith and serving others. It was a blast! If these references ring a bell, you might have been an SBC kid!

1. The pastor said the baptistry was "holy water," and it blew your mind how magical water was just casually in the sanctuary.

You secretly hoped one day the water might do something crazy like splash gold dust over everyone.

2. VeggieTales was a lifestyle.

For those who may not have grown up with this show, it's basically Bible stories being portrayed by vegetables, complete with boisterously loud songs and moral takeaways. You knew it was gonna be a good Sunday School class when the teacher rolled in the tv on wheels with the "Dave And The Giant Pickle" VHS tape. As we all know, "there's nevereverevereverever been a show like VeggieTales!"

3. The line "shepherd of the sheep" in the closing benediction was always said by the pastor as one word, "shepherduvthuhsheep."

If your pastor had a thick Southern accent, the word-blending issue was much more prominent.

4. Your parents gave you money to put in the offering plate, but you were still super proud of yourself about it.

I get that there are no financially independent six-year-olds, but still...

5. There was no escaping the endless hugs and handshakes at church.

This was especially true at youth group meetings, where no one knew how to hug in the first place but tried desperately to act normal about it.

6. You can sing every verse to every hymn in the Baptist Hymnal.

"How Great Thou Art" and "Blessed Assurance" were the go-tos, but your repertoire also consists of lesser known classics such as "Ancient Words" and "Majesty." You're basically a walking "Top 100 Hymns" Spotify playlist.

7. Bible drills brought out the worst in you.

Even if you didn't have a competitive personality, you would rather hear "Onward Christian Soldiers" on repeat for the rest of your life than let your opponent find that Scripture first.

8. If it involved your church, there was almost always food.

And there were always unspoken rules about blessing said food. For instance, you never had to bless breakfast, it was optional to bless lunch, but dinner and all meals eaten in a public restaurant MUST be blessed. Why? No one knows.

9. Getting your church outfit approved by one or both parents was mandatory.

As you got older, this was for purposes of modesty but as a child, this rule was all about mom getting the biggest bow on planet earth in your hair.

10. They told you the purple stuff in the communion cup was grape juice, but you were always low-key scared they were lying.

"What if this is wine?! I can't be a drunk kid in church!"

Most Christian kids have some funny misconceptions about the way that God, Scripture, and church all works together. But, in the end, adult Christians should learn to be like these children. Wide-eyed and constantly inquisitive about our Father and everything He says about us.

"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." -Matt. 18:2-4

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