Many people come in to the school year with a mess of emotions. Excitement for friends, nerves for class, anxieties about relationships, and hopes for the coming semester. Whenever a new semester starts so does my list of things I want to do. I want to pick apples, go to cedar point, make these 10 pinterest crafts, make new friends, get all A’s, go to the beach, find more time for God, make a conscious effort to see these 10 people every week, and the list goes on. So I ask you, what if I can’t get all of that done? What if I fall drastically short and only get B+’s! What if I don’t make many new friends, what if I don’t get invited to this party or get in to this club? What if?
The What if question is an old one with the easy answer of do not worry. I could tell you even in the Bible (Matthew 6) where Jesus tells us, “do not worry”. But that is hard and sometimes just adds more to our list than really taking anything off. I understand this, I am a planner, like to have everything worked out ahead of time, and I am an over achiever which means I have exceedingly high standards for myself. This all combines in to someone who worries about all of the questions above, and has put me into contact with a lot of people that struggle with the same thing. So here is what I have learned about the What if’s of a new semester:
1. Take your time. Rome was not built in a day and neither will you have all the new friends and memberships in all the clubs you want to be in, in the first week of class. Everything in life takes time and investment. Pick a few things that you know you want to invest in and first invest in those. If you realize you have more heart and time to invest than by all means go after another thing, but don’t think you have to do it all right now.
2. Enjoy what is in font of you. All too often we become preoccupied with wanting what she or he has, the grades, friends, even the activities and abilities and we miss out on what God is giving us now. When you realize a friend is spending more time with someone else, before you get upset look at who you are spending your time with. I am sure you that you have someone too. Don’t disregard the blessings God is giving you too.
3. Realize the season of your life. This is a season that looks so different for so many people. And our society tells us it should be so many different things as well. Ask God to show you what he wants you to invest in right now. Each season of life has you investing in something different, gives you time for different things. So I am sure at some point in your life (if you want to) you will go to cedar point, pick apples, go to the beach, make new friends, invest in a sport, get the grades you want and more because if you focus on your season and wait patiently for each one, you will enjoy and fill each on to the fullest.
There is no right answer but I hope this helps. If you have more questions or comments please put them here.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peach as you trust in Him, So that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13