CHOOSE JOY…AND WALK INTO THAT EXAM WITH A LITTLE PEP IN YOUR STEP!April 3, 2017
It’s Caitlyn here. I do not know if it is just me, but for me, the end of this semester has been the most stressful and exhausting period of time during university so far. Without going into great detail, alongside all of my final papers and exams, I also have many things to organize outside of school for the end of this semester. At this point, it seems like all of these tasks are out of my control and that this deep rooted feeling of dread and worry will never leave. It also feels like there is never enough time in the day to get everything done! Earlier this week I began noticing that all of these things on my to do list were having a serious effect on my attitude and sleeping habits. I have been easily irritable with friends, and when trying to fall asleep, I find myself unable to sleep for an hour or two because I cannot stop thinking about all of the things I have yet to complete. While this is obviously not healthy, I also do not think this is living in the fullness of God’s design for us. Let’s face it though, no matter how much you pray for an earthquake to destroy the classroom your examination is being held in, these prayers are not going to be answered. So if the papers, exams, and other deadlines are not going to eradicate, what can be done? I think the solution comes from a change in our attitude to the situation. The other day my dad said that these two and a half weeks are a dismal amount of time compared to the rest of our lives and in the grand scheme of eternity. The profoundness of that statement hit me as I realized that perspective is so hard to have (and internalize) when we are in the middle of a situation, knee deep in upcoming deadlines and the worries of good grades. I encourage you to realize that this is only a season and that we can make the decision to face this season with dread, complaints, and agony, or we can choose joy. I have found that most of my conversations with friends lately are about deadlines, stress, and our desire for the future to be now. In other words, we do not want to live in the present time we want two weeks from now to be now. Personally, these conversations only validate and encourage my grumpiness, they never motivate me to enjoy the present moment and finish the work I have left. Can you think of a time that you met an extremely joyful person during an exam season or any other stressful situation? How much nicer is it to be around those kinds of people when in a hard time. I think as Christians we are called to be those people, so be different in your friendships and your classrooms. Don’t join in with the grumbling and complaining, enjoy the day you have before you and walk into that final exam with a little pep in your step.