Synonymous with partying are the words Spring Break! In fact, many will be venturing to the warmer climates over the next couple of weeks to drink, party, hook-up and have the “time of their lives”. It’s no secret that for many, Spring Break proves to be a time anticipated and eagerly awaited to break free from parents and cut loose of restraints. But what about the Christian student? What does he or she do in this situation to maintain a high level of integrity and morality? How can a Christian maintain their testimony during Spring Break? Here are a few things to consider as you make your way to “vacation”.
1) It’s not a vacation. It’s not a break. At no time can a Christian take a “break”. We have Sabbath, a time of rest and reliance upon God but not a “break”. Christian students who are going to a “party” location need to be careful in letting their guards down while in this scenario. I’m not against Christians going to the beach or exotic locations for Spring Break. What I’m saying is that this can be viewed as a “mission” instead of a vacation or break. This is a time when Christians will have their beliefs, faith and morality put to the test. This is a time when everything will be tried. Christians, don’t let down your guard while on “break”. The evil one will have no greater delight than to see you stumble big time.
8 Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 9 Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9
2) Pray often and everywhere. As you meet and greet friends and make new acquaintances be prayerful. No meeting is just by “chance”. God may very well intend to use you as a “witness” to those you are with. Be attentive to conversations and the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you. Listen to and watch for opportunities to share your faith and hope in Christ. I’m not saying be obnoxious, I’m saying be discerning. Giving words of encouragement and reasons why life can be lived differently is a great way to not compromise and influence your friends. Christ is with you everywhere you go and you bring Him with you as you go. Stay in communion with him as you encounter others.
17 Pray constantly.
18 Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Don’t stifle the Spirit.
20 Don’t despise prophecies,
21 but test all things.
Hold on to what is good.
22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-24
3) Beware of lust. There is no doubt that in many cases for most young men and many young women, lust can become a huge factor during Spring Break. Even though the heart may be the residing place of lust, it affects our minds, bodies and decisions. Guard your eyes and thoughts during Spring Break. Beware of taking lust lightly. Don’t allow yourself to be in a compromising situation on the beach, in a hotel room, or even in a crowded party where you can be hidden. The point is that lust will be present during your Spring Break trip and if you don’t take the necessary precautions to protect yourself, this could be a major problem. Remember that all actions do not have immediate results.Galatians 6:7-8 Lust and it’s affects may not be readily seen but it can alter your entire life for the rest of your life.
10 For wisdom will enter your mind,
and knowledge will delight your heart.
11 Discretion will watch over you,
and understanding will guard you,
12 rescuing you from the way of evil—
from the one who says perverse things,
1-4“I made a solemn pact with myself never to undress a girl with my eyes.
So what can I expect from God?
What do I deserve from God Almighty above?
Isn’t calamity reserved for the wicked?
Isn’t disaster supposed to strike those who do wrong?
Isn’t God looking, observing how I live?
Doesn’t he mark every step I take?
Job 31:1-4 The Message
4) Beware of drugs and alcohol. Partying would not be partying without drugs and alcohol many would say. As a student, Christian or not, make sure you are not involved in any illegal activity. If you get to a place where you sense drugs and alcohol are present, find an alternative place to go. Don’t stay in a location that could lead to other compromises, danger or police involvement. It’s important to be safe in having fun. Once alcohol and drugs are involved the partying goes from being safe to potentially deadly. For those over 21, obviously you are no longer “students” in the traditional sense of the word but may I urge you to take your life and actions seriously also and do not allow alcohol and illegal substances to ruin your testimony or life! Be responsible!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
17Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
18-20Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:15-20 The Message
5)Stay connected. Check in with your parents and friends often. Keep track of your cell phone and don’t give out tons of personal information to people you don’t know. Stay in groups with your friends and don’t travel alone anywhere! Set up times to connect so that people will be able to track you and you can track your friends. I know it sounds childish but so many people have gotten in life-threatening situations because they didn’t do these type of things! Leave a trail and make sure people know how and where to find you! Don’t change your plans without notifying someone!
6) Read your Bible. I know this sounds too “Christian” right? But as a Christian, the Bible is essential to our everyday lives. We have to saturate ourselves with the Word. Even though you may be out of your “normal” routine, make sure you set aside time to soak in the Word as well as the sun. God will use His word in your life during Spring Break to teach you. His Word will strengthen you and even protect you as He uses it to lead you. Read and heed God’s Word during Spring Break. Knowing God’s word isn’t a guarantee that the Christian won’t mess up but it’s much less likely when we are spending time in his word!
How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Psalm 119:10-11 The Message
For the Christian student who wants to make the most of Spring Break, decide what your boundaries and values are on these issues before you step out of your residence. Before you head off to Spring Break make some definitive decisions and contracts with God, yourself, your friends and parents. Don’t let Spring Break break you!