This is the third of four letters that I have written to my highschool self leading up to my highschool graduation (which is in 5 days!). To read the first two letters, click here.
Don’t give up.
I know that you are anxious about your future, your friendships, your appearance, and your grades, but don’t allow that anxiety to rule your life. Learn to surrender your worries to God, because He cares deeply for you (1 Peter 5:7).
In this busy season of life, do not forget about your commitment to God’s Word. There are a lot of things competing for your time right now, but the most valuable thing that you can do in your day is spend quiet time with your Savior. Christ is jealous for your time and attention. A relationship with Him is the cure to all anxiety and any other struggles that you may be experiencing. You will experience incredible satisfaction and peace if you fix your eyes solely on Him (Heb. 12:2).
Maybe you are worried about what looms over the next mountain. It’s okay to be unsure about your future; you may foresee deep loneliness, unbearable pain, or incredible anxiety. Know that God is the orchestrater of it all—He has had every aspect of your life planned since before you were born (Jer. 29:11). Imagine your life as a rocky path. On your own, you will trip and fall over and over again. Fortunately, though, you are not on your own. Your Good Shepherd is right beside you, holding your hand and keeping you from falling face first onto the ground. Fix your gaze on Him and do not worry about the path before you. You mustn’t put so much pressure on yourself to have your future mapped out. Believe me, life will never go exactly how you planned! Instead of trying to figure it all out on your own, tune yourself into God’s will by reading His Word and consistently consulting Him through prayer.
There are so many people in this world that love you, even when you feel as if there is no one. Do not believe the countless lies Satan is throwing your way about who you are and what others think of you. In the end, choosing to believe these lies means choosing to be anxious, choosing to be lonely, and choosing to be depressed. Instead, choose to believe God’s truth about yourself and your life.
Do not limit yourself to the walls of your own mind. This only results in you blowing small things to maximum proportions and trying to depend on yourself for all of the answers. This will never work. Purposefully seek outside counsel from God and others that you trust instead of believing that you have it all figured out.
This is your second-to-last year of high school—enjoy it! Strive to follow God’s will for your life instead of trying to fit into other people’s mold, even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone. Be confident in who God meticulously molded you to be. Remember that He loves you endlessly, and His plan for you has no limitations.