Keep the Faith!
He went to college, and immediately was assaulted by what he saw as an "immoral lifestyle of college students all around him."
He felt under attack. Everywhere he looked, he saw students drinking, partying, immodestly dressed, swearing, parties, irresponsibility and immaturity - loose sex and loose morals. Most importantly, he felt that all his ideals - those things he believed in and held dear - family, God and country were all under constant attack. He felt awkward, like he didn't belong… like in entered into a lion's den.
Worse of all, he was afraid… afraid that he, himself, would fall into and become a part of that norm. It certainly wasn't the way he grew up or what he had been taught or part of his life in the little town he came from. Yet here it was, and so easy to fall into, a place where anything goes.
Then one day when talking to a friend in another dorm, the friend said, simply, "Keep Your Faith!" But how? But how can you stay the same person, how can you keep the faith when you feel as though you are the exception to the norm? But there was no other answer, just, "Keep Your Faith."
That phrase was the most powerful thing he ever learned at college. He remembered it. Not in a haunting way, but in an empowering way. It affirmed everything he knew and everything he believed and everything he was.
That simple phrase. Keep the Faith. He carried it through college, through his family, through his work, and through all his life. No matter what - no matter the obstacles, the challenges, the good times or the bad…. The ups or the downs…. Keep the Faith…. Faith will get you through.