I just started high school and I’m beginning to feel the stress of homework, extra-curricular activities, etc. I spent today anticipating the moment I could come home and crash on the couch. After having such an awful day, I was just wondering, what should I do on days like this? I find it so easy to blend in with my surroundings, and hard to understand how I can live courageously when all I can think about is the weekend. Is there anything God says I should do? -T
T- again, thank you for sending in such a great question. This one has caused me to have many conversations aloud with myself over the past week! (Don’t worry – it’s totally normal.) I’ve spent time praying and reading and am hoping that we’ve come close to giving you a decent answer to a really important question.
Here are some more practical thoughts…
“Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:10b)
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith… And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.“ (1 Peter 5: 7-10)
May He restore, support, strengthen, and establish you as you continue to press on!