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Please read II Timothy 1 in your Bible.
I have a friend who is a pastor in Florida. He once visited a man in the hospital who had emergency surgery because of an obstructed small intestine. You can just imagine the problems that caused. When my friend asked his parishioner how he was doing, the man launched into this long and detailed description of his bowel movements. Now, generally, this is something you might discuss at length with a toddler who is being toilet trained, but this guy was a grown man. My friend said it was a little embarrassing.
However, the reality was that for this man how his bowels moved was the most important thing in his life at the moment. His world had been shaken to its core. I am sure that the thought crossed his mind that he might even die. The stress had been so great that his life reverted back to the very basics: eating, sleeping, and using the bathroom.
Severe stress has a way of doing that to us. We fall back to the very basics of life. During the beginning of this year, I am sure that you have found yourself under considerable stress as you adjust to roommates, classes, obligations, and, for some, a new experience all together. Maybe you haven't fallen into the fetal position yet, but are you eating well? Have you gotten enough sleep? Are seeking out support from friends and family? Have you found a good balance between work and play? Are you paying attention to your faith?
Pay attention to your body, mind and soul. Take to heart Paul's instruction to Timothy "to rekindle the gift of God that is within you" (v.6) Attend to the gift of faith and spirit that God has given you. Find support for your faith among friends and gatherings of believers. In this way the stress you experience in life will become manageable and you will have the "spirit of power, and of love, and of self-discipline." (v.7)
Pray that God will lead you to a gathering of believers and will indeed rekindle the gift of faith in your soul.