Your midterms are stressing you out, your extracurriculars keep asking more from you, your bank account says you only have two dollars, and you can’t seem to get more than four hours of sleep. The last thing you need is one more person asking you what you are going to do when you graduate. School is stressful. School is important. But I am more important. I can give you peace, my child.
All the emotions you are going through are making you stronger. All the struggles you face are opportunities for you to trust me. Every failure, mistake and tear are chances for you to kneel at my feet and hand your problems to me.
In your school setting, you are continually striving to be greater. You want a higher grade on your tests in the subject you hate, you want to make more relationships with your peers, you want to be involved in every way possible, and you want to be “successful enough” so that you can one day have your dream career. You want to support your family of five and afford dance lessons for little Becky and soccer fees for Johnny.
My child, when you are overwhelmed, stressed and feel as if you are never good enough to make even a C in Biology, remember to sit at my feet.
Remember the story with Martha and Mary? Well, maybe you do not remember that story, so let me explain. Martha was busy preparing for my presence. She worked diligently in the house to make everything perfect. She was preparing and working hard, but Mary was sitting at my feet, listening to my every word. She was not distracted by the world or preparations that “needed to be done”. She was focused on me, what I had to say and sitting at my feet. Mary was praised for her ability to not focus on the world, and listen to me.
I know your planner is currently filled and you have many anxieties. I know you are counting down the days until the next break. I know you are worried about how your test week went. But focus on me, my word, and I can give you peace.
School is stressful and life can be too much sometimes. In the midst of your busy day, do not forget to take time to kneel at my feet. I can give you rest.
When you are standing before me at judgement, I won’t ask you if you made an 89 or 90 in Chemistry. I won’t ask you if you were ever the most involved in your Greek organization or if you were involved in any clubs. I will ask you if you loved me, worshiped me, and used your intelligence and leadership roles to make my name known.
Although doing well in school and using your gifts can be an act of worship for Me, don’t focus more on high school or college than you do on your relationship with me. Don’t worship your planner, your busy schedule or your anxieties. Take time to study who I am. I can give you peace, school can’t. I am eternal, school is not.
You have so much ahead. You will use what you are learning now to further my Kingdom. However, you can’t forget to kneel at my feet, and listen to me, my child. I want to talk to you. I want to listen to you talk about your day, your fear and your worries. I want to do life with you.
I, like many, have had a stressful week. I just finished test week, and currently I am in over my head with extracurriculars. I felt God remind me that I need to sit as His feet like Mary did that day 2000 years ago. I am normally a Martha, one who likes to plan and focus on the world more than talking to Jesus. I feel like many of those who are overwhelmed struggle with this too; therefore, my prayer is we forget whatever our planner is saying we need to be and take time to pray. Take time to talk to the Lord and feel His presence. Never let college or high school interfere with your relationship with Christ.
“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”– Luke 10:38-42
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