In August 1977 I moved to Springfield, Missouri, to attend Central Bible College. The drive out there was like nothing I’d ever experienced before: 18 hours. I felt like we’d driven to the other side of the world. Then I was homesick for the first couple weeks. One of the things that helped me cope was watching others more homesick than myself: I didn’t want to be that guy.
Moving away from home is hard but I hope you’ve had the opportunity to have just such an experience. It accelerates the maturing process like nothing else. You experience a culture different from your own. You meet interesting people. You need to stand on your own two feet without Mom & Dad as the easy solution to every crisis. You need to decide if you will live as a Christian or just blend in with everyone else.
Philip was chased from his home in Jerusalem. Rather than sing the blues, he shared his faith with people in Samaria. The results were miraculous. Sometimes change is good.