The author of Hebrews pens in chapter 12 verses 1-2, “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne” (HCSB). When Jesus lived on earth, He experienced temptation, suffering, and hardships, just like we do. Despite these trials, Jesus endured—He suffered humiliation, physical and emotional torture, and even death. Thankfully, Jesus triumphed over His suffering, and He now sits at God’s right hand. Jesus is our perfect example; we need to keep our eyes on Him, not on that mountain of homework. No, we should not neglect our responsibilities. Instead, however, when school starts to overwhelm us, we can look to Jesus’ example of endurance.
Not only can we look to Jesus as our model, but we can lean on His strength. God promised Paul that “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). When we recognize our weakness, we find true strength in God. We do not have to push and shove through life on our own; we have a Father who will carry us if we lean on Him. Instead of trying to do everything in our power and our way, let us admit our need for God’s strength. Let us allow God’s power to flow in and through us.
Every day, we have a choice to make: do we spend time with God, or do we not? Most of us often choose the latter. This leaves us feeling burned out. But when we do spend time with God, He promises to “satisfy the thirsty person and feed all those who are weak” (Jeremiah 31:25). By spending time with God, we remember His promises, and we find comfort in those promises. Even when things begin to pile up, God reminds us that He holds us in His hands. So instead of spending ten minutes scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, perhaps we can spend those precious few moments with the One who loves us most.
One day we will look back on these days and smile fondly or even laugh. God has placed us where we are, and we need to appreciate where He has placed us. Yes, life is hard. Yes, school is not always fun. Yes, we all scream for summer. And yes, we can still enjoy today, amidst the stress, because of God’s truths and promises.
About the Author:
Name: Katya Pledger
How many years have you been apart of TPS?
This is my fourth year with TPS
What classes are you taking with TPS this year?
Algebra 2 Honors, Advanced Composition Honors, Astronomy, Spanish 3, APUSH, Forensics, and Constitutional Law
What are a few of your hobbies?
I play the piano (my favorite piece to play is Mozart’s Turkish March), I blog and write for an organization called Future Female Leaders, I volunteer at my local library, and I enjoy baking low carb desserts.