I'm pretty sure this is one of my first posts as a semi-independent adult, so don't think me foolish when i speak from experience...
In my grown up endeavors, i've learned all kinds of fun new phrases. Things like, financial responsibility, car payment, $0 checking balance, time management, deadline, all night-er (no, i was never one to jeopardize sleep for fun, not even in highschool.), career plan, and many, many more. I have screamed, cried (you should all know how opposed to that i am), hit (Chris :) bless his patient heart), hid, and i can only assume a lot of other childish emotional responses appropriate for a mature adult like myself.
There is a point to this, i promise. And it's not to complain about hard college can be. Yes, college is challenging at times, but you know what? Life is hard, i know more than enough real adults with struggles of their own that can attest to that (and kids, for that matter.) If someone mislead you into thinking it would be easy, i'm sorry. Hey, you know where there are a lot of good stories on how hard life can be? The bible. Just sayin' ;]
I know, from experience, how hard it can be to juggle ten things at once. How frustrating and disheartening it is when everything that can go wrong does. And it's almost worse when it's in sequential order, because you didn't sleep last night, and there's no way you're going to tonight. Sometimes there's nothing you can do besides pray, and push through it.
I'm writing today, to remind you, to remind myself, that i don't stop being a christian because "Everything's falling apart!" or "I just can't take it anymore!" Jesus didn't say, "Love your neighbor on a good day" or "Serve others when you have freetime."
He said, "For even I, the Son Of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others..." -Matthew 20:28
You don't think Jesus had a lot going on? What with saving mankind and everything?
I know it isn't always easy, life is hectic and even sad, sometimes. But we cannot forget our brother in the midst of all our anguish, or frustration. We were built for community, with the Father, and with each other. And we are not only called, but expected to love each other at all times. You have no idea what the person next to you might be going through, or how your "Christian behavior" because you're having a bad day, is affirming the non-believer at work, at school, at the store. We are not called to be christians when it's comfortable, when it's convinient, we are called to a Christ-like love AT ALL TIMES.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13
"He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" -Luke 10:27
"For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged." -Matthew 7:2