“I can’t do this”
“I hate this”
“I have so much anxiety”
These expressions of doubt all revolve around what we are placing our trust in. The pressure to do well is high as students put the hammer to the nail to succeed. When large amounts of money are being poured into your education, it can be difficult to find balance with your thoughts and spirit and often times it is easy to neglect God, especially when you are a student at a large university. How often during finals week did you choose studying or sleep over 15 minutes of prayer and quiet time in His word? A better question may be did you make time with Him an option to not choose in the first place? Was God considered in your planner and scheduling? This isn’t to guilt trip, but be thinking of your heart and what you’ve been letting through the door over God.
In this time of year, it is easy to shift our worth in God to a final grade in a class, how our family views us, or our future. Now don’t get me wrong, there is no sin in studying for exams, being a healthy family member, or having creative and unique ideas of the future. These are good things in and of themselves. However, the line can be blurry when we lay our trust and worth into the answers we put on a sheet full of bubbles, or another person, rather than in the One who knows us more intimately, perfectly, and brilliantly than anything in all creation.
“All authority on heaven and on earth has been given to me…”
What has been distracting you from the truth of God’s authority? Remember, God is mightier, wiser, and more powerful than your worries. He is faithful. (1 Corinthians 1:25, Isaiah 40:31, Hebrews 13:8)
In a world that ties success and worth in what you do and what you have, Jesus loves you for something very simple...yourself.
When the darkness of sin, doubt, worry, anxiety over tests, or even stress with family over the holidays builds up in your heart and clouds your mind, don’t give up. Let’s rid our obsequious desire of our right to ourselves and take up the plans, paths, and adventures that Jesus has in store for us. Throw open the door to your heart and let the light of Jesus permeate through. Let Him wash out the darkness because one thing He has always shown is this:
Darkness can never extinguish His Holy light in us.
Mahomet YL Leader
This blog is operated by the Young Life Leaders at the University of Illinois & Parkland. A different leader will post daily over winter break. Our hope is to push each other to grow, & to love Jesus more.
Feel free to write your thoughts or encouragements back in the comments at the bottom!