Succeeding in Your Studies

“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” (Matthew 14: 31-32, New King James Version)

Letting go of fear is easier said than done, and college brings around more fears than the usual share.

What do you fear? 

Do you fear not succeeding in your studies? Do you fear choosing the wrong career path? Do you fear failing and not being good enough to succeed in your career? Do you fear not becoming what everyone expected you to become? Because, I have. I have felt that fear and doubt. I have questioned my decision of being in school, of studying the major I’m pursuing. I have doubted myself, and my path, questioning if this is really where God wants me to be, if this is the career He wants for me. I’ve questioned my career choice, doubting that it was a part of His plan for me.  I questioned and was afraid to walk on water.

It happens to everyone, that point in life when we start to think whether what we are doing, what we are studying really is what we want to do for the rest of our life. We begin to analyze the situation, our passion, and our happiness. We wonder, “Is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?” Usually this point arrives at the corner of, “obstacle” and “difficult”. This is where we find ourselves asking and doubting our choices. That moment when everything gets hard, and we honestly don’t know if we will make it through, or HOW we will make it through. Not having enough money, financial aid failing to come through, car breaking down, and responsibilities stacking one over the other. Long sleepless nights, completely caffeinated, bouncing from school to work, missing deadlines, skipping meals, arriving late to work, to class, not being able to find parking. Everyday seems to be getting harder and more complicated as the term progresses. That’s the exact moment when we begin to wonder, “Is this really worth it?”, “Is this for me?”

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3, NKJV)

As students and young adults, we sacrifice a lot and work hard. Unfortunately it begins to tire us out and maybe discourage us. Why? Because it often feels like it is “all work, and no pay.” Circumstances and difficulties begin to ware us out. One thing I am certain of, is that in anything you do, anything- at school, at work , in your internship, in class, anything, always have a strong relationship with the Lord. Have your eyes and heart fully set on Him because if you do, no choice you make will be wrong. He will guide you in the right direction, but you have to trust Him and do according to His will. Ask him about anything, any big decision, and He will guide you to the right answer. No matter how busy and hectic life is, make some time for Him and devote it to His word, praying to him about all circumstances. 

Continuously be in the presence of your savior, for He will guide you to the right way and fulfill the promises He has for your life. Ask him about those big decisions, about what career or job He wants you to pursue. In everything, He will guide you to what is right for you, and you only. Sometimes, the road to His path is difficult and it can get hazy full of obstacles, but trust Him when you begin to doubt. He will honor your sacrifices and hard work through it all. Walking on water is terrifying, but that is where God called you.  Trust Him in the journey and know that you are safely walking in His presence.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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