1 Samuel 16:7—But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Many would question the age of many college students by the way the college student behaves. It does not matter the particular class that the student belongs to (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, masters)—character and maturity trump all collegiate classes! Character to make your bed in the morning. Character to have good personal hygiene. Character to grow and feed your spiritual walk. Character to go to classes even when you are tired. Character will pray for the unbelievable, expect the miraculous and claim the blessings that God will give. Maturity to respect the authority. Maturity to have good communication. Maturity to discern between good friends and bad friends. Maturity to know when to make a joke and when not to make a joke.

So you might ask: when does a college student begin growing up? Quite possibly the questions to ask would be: what tragedy will happen in the young person’s life? What heart ache will he have to experience? What trial will he have to endure? What temptation will he have to overcome? Where will he take a stand? How many loved ones will struggle with sickness or pass away? When will he grow up?

Why is the attitude half the time, “He is a college student now, he should have character and he should be mature!” Just because a freshman takes the leap of faith by coming that 13th year does not mean he will have character and be mature! It is a process. It is time. It is experiences. It is victories. It is defeats. It is getting alone with God when getting alone with God is not popular among the popular. 

The other half of the attitude is: a college student will not be labeled as someone who has character or is mature until his upper class men years. I think this is also a foolish mentality to have towards the under class men. Anyone has the ability to have character and act mature. The big question is: who has character and who is mature? The college students who really want it will get it, period. Psalm 37:4Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.