It was 3 am and they were still working. Coffee was what kept them awake and final projects were slowly getting completed. It was the second week in a row they had pulled at least one all-nighter, stressed and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work needed to be completed. They yearned for sleep, and an escape from all the work that needed to be done, yet were met with silence and another labored page for their essay.
How to deal with school stress
Often around Christmas or New Years, people are overwhelmed with work, needing to complete and finish projects before the New Year. Yet people often overlook how we can look to God while in stress. While that fifty-page essay may not get completed miraculously, God may show you a way to go about writing it to ease your stress and allow you to breathe.
Instead, many choose to say that they don´t have time to go to church because of a project, or that they have to skip youth group this week because of too much homework. While it is important to make time to finish these projects, ask yourself this: “What is a better way to spend time? Working on a school paper I will forget five minutes after I turn it in? Or talking to the God who made me?”
Give it to God – He can handle it
Stress is a common thing within people in school and many can easily begin feeling burned out and lost, unsure of what to do, consumed by the thought of how to complete everything. While it may seem difficult to go about everything, God can handle it. And while it may sound cliche to give it to God, that is exactly what you need to do. Stress has to bow before Him, but if you let it, it can quickly consume your thoughts.
Trust God when you’re feeling overwhelmed
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely.” (Proverbs 3:5)– Trust God to be able to help you when you feel overwhelmed.
Still Rolling Stones by Lauren Daigle
Sharing Hope for the Next Generation
Great message Bryce! I love your encouragement for our youth and I love your perspective on living the Christian life as a teen! You are making a difference!! Thank you so much!!!
Karen, I’m grateful for teens who will stand up for truth according to God’s word, aren’t you?
Bryce – Thank you for sharing this great message for students. It is powerful and so important. God is truly using you to minister to others. I know this was meant for the “Next Generation” but it touched my heart as well and I am almost 74. I know I can allow a deadline or other project to keep me from being in church or taking time with the Lord somthank you for the reminder.
I have not met you personally, Bryce, but I pray for your sweet Mom and your precious family everyday. I believe you have enjoyed a bit of my Peanut Brittle and Gingersnaps on occasion!
Thank you for bringing smiles to your precious Mom and for using the gifts God has given to you for His Glory. I will continue to pray for y’all. Please give your sweet Mom a big hug when you see her and keep one for yourself. Oh, give your Dad one as well. Have a blessed day in Jesus.
Love in Christ,
Thank you Donna. Each of the writers in my family appreciate the comments and encouragement our readers give us here. And the peanut brittle and sea salt caramel chocolates don’t hurt either 😉