Picture this: You walk into the first day of school, ready to see all your friends and ready to learn some fun, new stuff. You go to your first class and love your new teacher. You think she has an effective, fun way of teaching and you are so excited to have her all year. The end of class approaches, and the teacher gives the class an assignment due the next day. That’s right. Homework. You didn’t think you would get homework on the first day of school. But, as you go to each class and your homework load piles up, you realize you were wrong.
If you struggle with homework and stress, first check out my post Getting Homework Done for practical homework tips. Those tips might help you with the routine of homework, but what about stress?
The dictionary definition of stress is: “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Doing homework can be a demanding circumstance. You might encounter other demanding circumstances, like an important sports game or musical performance. Other demanding circumstances could include going to a new school, handling hard stuff in your family, or dealing with the day to day challenges of being a teenager.
Now that you know what stress is, how can you keep it under control? Let’s see what the Bible says:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
God is giving you peace, not stress. If you pray when something is hard or challenging, if you pray that God will give you peace of mind, you can rest assured that He will. You don’t have to be fearful of your homework load. God will not give you more than you can handle. Trust Him to help you handle it.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
Do everything to the glory of God. Don’t worry about being perfect and getting perfect grades or being the best on the soccer team. Do these things to God’s glory and you will not have to stress about being “the best.”
“Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight.” Psalm 119:143
Read the Bible. Let God’s Word fill you and listen to where God wants you to go. In your trouble or stress, be delighted in God’s plans. You don’t need to worry about being perfect. Accept challenges with God’s perfect plan in mind, that He will lead you and guide you all the way through.
So, the next time you march into school with confidence and walk out biting your nails, open your Bible or pray that God would give you peace in His perfect plan.
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