“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” –Matthew 6:26
Stress is everywhere. On Monday, we stress about the work week ahead. On Thursday, we stress over procrastinated work due by Friday. On Sunday, we stress over how early we need to wake up Monday morning. It’s a vicious cycle. Whether we procrastinate or behave proactively, as students, stress always seems to loom over us.
Stress might not be escapable, but our reaction is changeable. Jesus calls us not to worry about the occurrences of our lives. Yet, we still should plan and work hard. Jesus doesn’t call us to sit on our butts and expect Him to spoon-feed us. Instead, Christ calls us to combat stressful events as they arise, remembering that no matter what happens, Jesus is in control, and we can rely on His strength to get through each new day.
Recalling Christ’s constant sovereignty alleviates the stress in our lives. The angry boss at work, or the challenging assignment at school? The argument with a loved one at home, or worry about the future? Jesus is in control.
In every aspect of our lives, Christ wants our complete faith and trust. He wants our best effort in pursuing Him above all the everyday worries. Life is stressful, but worry ceases when we remember who controls the outcome. Jesus Christ is our King. He is in control.
Dear Lord, thank you for being our King. Help us to remember that in every aspect of our lives, You reign supreme. You are in control. Amen.
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About the Author:
Louis DiModica is a first-year at the University of Chicago studying economics and history. His preferred alternatives to studying are water polo, weightlifting, basketball, and hanging out with friends.