Being far from home can lead to bad decisions if you're not careful
When you're far from home, there's a real temptation to do things that are out of character for you, as you struggle to cope.
If you're homesick, you may look for ways to numb the pain. Alcohol is the most common. Sleeping around provides a diversion and is a real danger if you aren't accountable to anyone. Drugs are a popular way to zone out.
What's easiest isn't always best
All these activities may seem like legitimate escapes. After all, you're going through a hard time and you're entitled to deal with it the way you want, right? Or are you?
If everybody else is doing it, what's the problem? That's just how society operates nowadays. Rationalizing is one of the most natural things humans do.
but every action always has consequences.
Adding unnecessary pressure
Being far from home puts tremendous pressure on you. Out of your normal surroundings, you're uncertain and yes, if you'll be honest enough to admit it, scared. You try to be cautious but are never sure if you've done enough.
With all this pressure comes an odd realization: "Hey, my family and friends aren't here. Nobody knows what I do. I can give in and experiment if I want."
You can do things when you're lonely that will affect you for the rest of your life. Ask anyone who has an STD or AIDS. This isn't meant to scare you, but rather to remind you to slow down and be guided by your reason instead of your emotions. Regrets often come about because we gave no thought to possible consequences.
Wanting to fit in, you may follow the crowd--a crowd you never would have hung with at home. So you have to ask yourself, "Why am I hanging with them here?"
Does distance matter
Keep in touch with your family and friends, but more importantly, stay close to Jesus. He's your closest companion, the One who wants to protect you while you're away and someday lead you back to your true home.