By Marc Rademaker
Barely a month of classes and you may be feeling like succumbing to the inevitable stress of college. Between multiple classes, clubs, and activities, the beginning of the semester sometimes hits you like an eighteen-wheeler. So what can you do to dodge that semi-truck before it hits every day?
Simply put, spend more time with Jesus.
“But Marc, that’s crazy! I hardly have any time as it is!”
Believe me, I hear you there. But how much easier would it be to face a semi-truck with the good Lord on your side? Spending time with the Lord is so essential to our mental health during school because it is what recharges us and sends us out to do the work He is calling us to do.
Now, it can be tempting to talk the entire time you pray and just let the Lord hear all of your troubles, stresses, and worries. I fall into this often, too, but try a different approach instead. When reflecting on the busyness that college entails, I kept thinking back to Martha and Mary, and their story depicted in Luke 10:38-42:
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.””
While the things we do at school are important and may be benefiting others, they have their own time and place. When we are with Jesus, it’s our responsibility to take full advantage of that relationship and to be present with Him. Listen to Him. Finding a quiet place – like adoration – to relax and let the Lord speak to us and move within us has so many benefits:
- We give ourselves a break from whatever craziness is occupying our time.
- Our mind can combat stress and can relax.
- Jesus can reveal to us the best way to spend and utilize our time.
- We are revitalized to better perform our work than we were before.
While your inner Martha has great intentions and does good things, let your inner Mary take over a little bit every day. With that in mind, the semi-truck can keep on cruising by.