We Have No Reason To Complain

We Have No Reason To Complain

Feeling blessed through the stress.

On the eve of finals week, it is safe to assume that we are all in a state of overwhelming concern. We are all worried about our pending grades, worried about the lack of sleep we are getting, and the stress of moving back home for the summer. If you are anything like me, you may find yourself sitting around and sulking about your miserable situation in order to avoid all the responsibilities.

Today, I want to encourage you to take the incentive to change your attitude. There is nothing that I hate more than a guilt trip and so I do not want this to come across as that. However, there is something I, and all of us at these fabulous universities, need to realize before this week starts and we get chest deep in self-pity.

We actually have it pretty good. Let me throw some numbers at you right quick. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 578,424 people went to sleep last night without a roof over their head. The American Cancer society reports that there are over 14 million people suffering from cancer right now. Feeding America states that 48.1 million families are suffering from food insecurities. This morning, the families of 151,600 people woke up grieving the loss of a loved one.

So yes, you may have two finals in one day, but you did not wake up and have to get chemo today. You may be sleep deprived from cramming, but at least it is not the lack of sleep due to the burden of burying a parent. The truth is that we are all very very blessed. We have air in our lungs and brains in our heads. We may feel like the world is spiraling out of our control, but finals week has no comparison to some of the days and weeks that others our age have to deal with.

So take those sad numbers and let them give you life. Kills those finals, go get a degree and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Take a deep breath and realize that it could be worse and that you are not hungry, you are not homeless, and you are not dying — you're just stressed.

There is one more number I left out when writing above, and that is the number of students who do not make it to the collegiate level. There are currently about 27 percent of people who graduated high school that did not attend college. Not included in that statistic is the 39 percent who dropped out of high school before graduation. Some people did not get the opportunity to be where we are at right now. As absurd as it seems, there is someone out there that would kill to be at a junior college or a four-year institute taking a final this week.

If you cannot be motivated for yourself, be motivated for those who cannot be here; for those that did not get to come to college, for those that not wake up this morning, and for those that are not going to bed tonight in a home. In the grand scheme of life, a final is nothing to complain about.

Cover Image Credit: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/site/cctop/files/2015/12/FINALS.jpg

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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