Do you ever put pressure on yourself or try to be the best you can be around others? I don’t know about you, but that is how I feel sometimes.

Over the past week or so, I really started noticing the pressure I was putting on myself for so long, especially when it came to school. I’d go through my normal routine every day, and yet beat my own self up over and over again. Realizing my workload each week, I made myself a little list of different assignments that I would do each day, balancing my schedule out. Instead of going with that plan, I would want to get finished with my work as fast as I could to have a break. After I checked each assignment off one by one, I would start working ahead and just became so consumed and overwhelmed with school that I finally had to tell myself the other day to just stop. When I get done with that specific week’s work, I just need to stop and not work ahead to give myself a break. Another area I am trying to break down the barriers for is in my every-day social life. I get really nervous sometimes when it comes to talking to people, and I tend to worry that what I say may not be good enough for what they want to hear, or that I’d embarrass myself. The fact is, we don’t have to worry about what others think, and we can be the person God has created us to be. If He is for us, who can be against us? We should accept each other for who we are.

All of these things, from constantly staying busy and consumed with work or worrying about what others may think of you, are lies from the devil. Satan wants your life to be miserable. He doesn’t want you to listen to the Voice of Truth that tells you to be still and to know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. When we look at our lives through God’s eyes, we will begin to find peace and joy in who we are as His children. We need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves and give our weight to the Lord. He says to come to Him and He will give you rest. Life is too short to be stressed and worried about your future. Grades, awards, etc. are temporary. The most important think that we can be doing is sharing the gospel and giving God the glory through our talents and work. I’ve learned that it is one thing to be an achiever, but it’s another to be an overachiever. There is nothing wrong with aiming high, but do it by looking through God’s eyes. Find peace and joy in your work, and do the best you possibly can do. Don’t beat yourself up. When we try to take control, we end up making a mess of ourselves because we aren’t perfect and can’t do this life on our own. We need someone greater and more powerful than we are to live this life on earth.

In Jesus is life, peace, joy, and so much more. If you don’t know Him as your Lord and personal Savior, talk to someone today who is a follower of Christ and surrender your life to Him.

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek ad lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: feat the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

In reference to Jesus talking to His disciples in John 16, He says in verse 33, “These thing I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

*Below is a link to a song called “Through Your Eyes” by Britt Nicole that encouraged me through to write this blog post:

 

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