Finding Light In The Darkness Of Finals

Finding Light In The Darkness Of Finals

Come to me all who are weary, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28
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The week of finals. It's the week in which more students cry and claim they are dropping out due to the overload of stress in their lives. Where we realize that Netflix marathons maybe weren't the best idea. The time where we regret going to bed at 7:30 PM on a Saturday night instead of forcing ourselves to stay up just a little longer to finish that chapter of psychology notes. It's a time of darkness, with very little light.

As I sat in worship tonight with friends and people I had just met, we spoke about light. We spoke about light and peace and hope. And we talked about different things going on in our lives, and at the end we light heartedly joked about finals. In which I said my prayer was "If it is you're will Lord, I will pass," which funny enough I do pray before each final. But as I sit here, I wonder how to bring light into this dark time for students. How can we turn finals from a time a darkness, to a time of light?

Well, of course we could just study. We could just make it that much easier on ourselves and study throughout the semester like we are supposed to. But since that isn't going to happen, at least not for me, I think I've come up with an alternative. And it took sitting in a place worshipping our God to realize it.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28 NRSV

I am exhausted. I have spent all my time focused on flash cards and books and notes that I have exhausted myself to the point that I don't even want to write this article. I need to stop focusing on all of the things going on, and I need to focus on Christ. I need to stop thinking about what questions I don't know, stop thinking that I'm going to flunk out of college come Friday when final grades are posted, and I need to focus on my rock and my foundation. I need to focus on my relationship with Christ, and how it is through Him that I will make it through this. I need to go to him, weary and heavy burdened, and I will then find rest.

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ~ John 14:6 NRSV

I need to remember that it is through Christ that I will find where I belong in this world. A grade in a class will not determine my future, for there is already a path waiting for me. I just have to choose to follow it. He is my way, my truth, and my life every day. He is what I should be clinging to in this time of stress and emotional turmoil that is finals week.

To all of my fellow college students, struggling through this week, may you find rest. May you turn to your God, and may you find rest. Study, but do not exhaust yourself. You know this material. You will make it through. All you need is a little bit of faith, and you will survive this week.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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7 Bible Verses For The Insanely Stressed Out College Student

Bible verses to bring peace of mind as finals rapidly approach.

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As finals quickly approach and the academic year begins to wind down, it's easy to find yourself becoming bogged down with stress. Despite your religious background, these verses can provide solace and peace to those most in need of it during this stressful time of year.

1. Matthew 6:34

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

2. Psalm 34:19

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from all."

3. John 16:33

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

4. Psalm 42:5a

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God."

5. Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength."

6. John 14:27

"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."

7. Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And in the peace of God, which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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