Recently, I have been trying to conquer everything in my life within the day.
On top of school and work, each day I think through multiple topics in my head: my future job and career, future marriage, future loans that I’ll be indebted to and more.
I would like to think I can solve these serious topics to answer all of my unanswered questions by the time I get home at the end of the day. However, I find myself coming home exhausted from my own clouded mindset and honestly feel defeated.
During most days of my college career, I have felt as if it will be terribly impossible to conquer any of these things in my world by the time I graduate.
Then I stop, think and realize: who in their right mind will get everything signed, sealed and delivered perfectly in a day?
I ask myself why I feel the need to fix or solve my life like it’s an easy puzzle to put together.
I become overwhelmed with the idea that I just have to “think this way or move on from this or make more money.”
But honestly, this isn’t a money problem and this isn’t an “if I do this, then I’ll be happy” problem. It’s an “I think I can solve my life in a day” problem.
The worst part? I’m ruining the journey of it.
I’ve realized I have tried to skip the hard parts of life to skip straight to the good parts of my life. God tells us our footsteps are ordered by him and that we should live life with no worry or fear of the future.
This is easier said than done of course, but something that is wonderful about being a believer in Christ is that he holds our lives in his hands, always knowing what our day will look like, who we will end up with, what job we will have and all the questions that remain unanswered.
Don’t ignore the beauty of the journey while eyeing the destination.
I keep stressing my mind over paying things off today, which is actually impossible, or figuring out what my job will be in the future.
The bad news is you will never stop worrying or stressing over figuring your life out. The good news is you don’t have to figure it all out in one day, or even in a week, a month or a year.
Recognize that God granted you your whole life to conquer everything.
He gives us the tools to live each day to the fullest and to focus on what matters.
Enjoy the moments filled with laughter, spend time with college friends who may be graduating soon and enjoy living in a safe, Christian community to grow and learn in.
God also wants us to rejoice in our trials and struggles because we will endure growth through them.
Don’t skip the journey of your life by trying to conquer all the many obstacles that lie ahead. Be still and in the moment; know that God has your life plan ready to be signed, sealed and, one day, delivered.
Maria is a junior public
relations major from Greenwood, Indiana.