“It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love. Every song seems to say…EXAMS.” Wait. Something’s not right here. That might not be how the lyrics go, but that is probably how most of you feel this week.
As if the holidays themselves don’t bring enough hustle and bustle, throw some exams and major test grades in the mix and you get a three-ring circus. If you aren’t a student right now, just reading that probably takes you back to the many exam seasons you endured. The stress is real, but does it have to consume you and/or your student?
No! Contrary to what the world tells us, we don’t constantly have to be consumed with stress over the things going on in our lives. Jesus is better than stress.
At the root of it, stress is a side effect of trusting in self rather than God. In God, there is no fear (1 John 4:18). If we believe He is who He says He is, then He is in complete control of every tiny detail of our lives, even exam week (Is. 45:6-7). Yes, we have a responsibility to work enthusiastically to glorify Him in all our work (Col. 3:23). But through the gospel we’ve been freed from striving to find our identity in any personal successes. Jesus already won the victory for us and has given us a secure and successful identity: beloved children (1 John 3:1).
So as exam week labors on, we are praying for you, parents and students alike, that your love for Jesus would be greater than your stress.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3
Our friends at The Perch Blog have written even more practical tips on how to thrive this exam season. Check it out!
This blog was written by Mollie Tyler, Associate Student Minister to Girls.