It is almost that time of year again.
Thanksgiving break is over. You are no longer eating leftover stuffing with your family. You’re back at school and stressed.
It is time for finals.
Time for you to get little to no sleep.
Time for you to start calculating the lowest possible grade you can get to pass your class.
Time for you to spend more nights in the library and more days cramming on quizlet.
Chances are you are stressed. Chances are you are counting down the days till Christmas break. Chances are you are overwhelmed.
If you’re getting ready to take your finals, I pray you find truth in these three things:
1.Your purpose comes from your challenge.
Is it easier for you to eat stuffing with your family who loves you? Yes. Is it easier for you to drop out and never take a final again? Also yes. But God never called you to easy. God called you to purpose. Life may be more restful at home, but your purpose comes from your challenge.
2. Jesus doesn’t want comfortable from you.
Finals are hard because they are challenging you. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. You are learning and growing. God has given you the opportunity to grow at your school for a reason. Study for the test, go on late night coffee runs, but most importantly embrace how God is stretching you. Because of your challenge, you are growing. This is something to celebrate.
3. Your tomorrow is in His hands.
I know you’re worried and I’m not going to lie to you… some of your finals will be tough. You will spend many days and nights in the library. You have ever reason to stress. But you serve a big Savior who is bigger than your big final. Jesus has a big purpose purpose for you and your big worries are in His hands. Instead of stressing about your tomorrow, find peace that your big Savior can handle anything.
There’s a story in the Bible called “The Transfiguration”. In this story, Peter, James, and John go up on a high mountain with Jesus. While there, they saw Jesus’s glory and felt His presence. They even heard the voice of God.
Peter suggested building a shelter and staying on the mountain. It was so easy to see God there. It was so easy to feel Jesus’s power there.
But Jesus called them down. Jesus called them all down knowing they would suffer for His name. Jesus would be crucified for our sins and conquer the grave. And the disciples would all spread the good news upon His resurrection.
Would it have been easier for the disciples to live on that mountain with Jesus? Yes. But Jesus had work to do through them.
I know you are tired. I know you are stressed. I know you are dreading finals and you were dreading that drive back to university after Thanksgiving. Coming down from the mountain isn’t easy. Coming down from comfortable is hard. But Jesus knows what He is doing and Jesus has a purpose for you once you come down.
Will it be easy? Not all the time. But will His name be glorified? Yes.
The disciples are the reason we know about Jesus today. Because they came down the mountain, we know Jesus. There was a purpose to their journey.
There is a purpose for you to be back at your college, even during finals week. Stop dreading finals week and find purpose on your college campus. Just like the disciples had to leave their comfortable mountain top, you have to leave home.
So take on finals with eagerness and peace. Yes, you’re overwhelmed, but your big Savior is bigger than your big finals. You serve a big Savior who has a big purpose for you. Find peace in who He is, and give your college years to Him.
Scripture to read: Matthew 17:1-13
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