Remember…Take It One Step at a Time

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Last week I reminded myself and all of you that we can’t do everything. Today, I have one more thing to share with you that I hope will help you manage your stress and enjoy life.

Because the truth is, even if you are only doing essential things and not trying to do everything, life as a teenager can be very stressful, confusing, and somewhat scary. Once you hit high school, you have a million things flying at you and you’re suddenly expected to make a bunch of decisions that will impact the rest of your life (or at least some of it).

School, church, extracurriculars, college prep, home life, friendships…it can get overwhelming. But the Bible has something to say about that.

I want to bring the encouragement of Matthew 6 to any of you who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed:

“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:34

This is the answer to the stress of this phase of life and every other phase after: Take it one step at a time. 

Don’t think about the things you have to do in two weeks. Don’t think about how many decisions you have to make in the next year. Just think about this:

What does God want you to spend today doing? 

And then, to narrow it down more, what does He want you to spend the next hour doing?

Just do that thing, with your full attention, to the best of your ability. And then, do the next thing, and the next.

When a big decision comes your way, choose the best path that you can and move forward from that, one step at a time once again, trusting that God is in control and that one decision will not make or break your life.

If you trust God to direct you, all you have to do is keep moving forward, using your time wisely to complete the work that He places in front of you.

Let Him take care of the rest.

Let’s seek peace together this school year by placing it all in God’s hands and simply moving forward each day, one step at a time.

love, grace

Remember…You Don’t Have to Do It All Now

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School has started, and I’m realizing something: I can’t do everything. 

There are so many things I want to do. They sound so interesting and fun, and I have way too many interests to pursue all of them. So I’m having to make some very conscious decisions about what I choose to prioritize and how I spend my time. And that’s okay. 

It’s a simple truth, yes, but it’s something that we often have a lot of trouble accepting. Especially when, in this day and age, we have opportunities coming our way right and left. Play this sport! Sign up for this class! Join this club! Do this volunteer job! Apply for this job! Participate in this activity!

There’s something I want everyone reading this to remember. You don’t have to do everything right now! 

There’s a point to keeping bucket lists and things like that. You aren’t going to be able to take every opportunity immediately at this point in your life, but just because you can’t do something now doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to pursue it.

As a teenager, you’ve got your whole life in front of you. Don’t be afraid to put things that sound fun on your “someday” list and move on. Want to learn to surf? Great. Maybe not this year. Want to play tennis? Great. How about in a few years when you actually have time. Want to learn to dance? Great. There are adult dance classes being offered all over the place.

There will be a few things that come to the forefront of your life that you need to focus on. Remember that you don’t have to take up twenty hobbies at once in your spare time. Save some of them for later.

And if all else fails? You can learn to surf in heaven. 🙂

love, grace

What do you think? Are you tempted to do everything right now and get overbooked and overwhelmed? Share in the comments below!