Have you already felt the pressure in high school?
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.” 2 Corinthians 4:8
As the years progress, so does the tension in bringing high school to a successful completion. Sometimes it may feel like swimming against the current, trying to get to the other side of life’s seasons called adulthood.
Or it may look like it is an avalanche of subjects, homework, commitments, study time, endless tests, clubs, meetings and more meetings, all those extra curriculum activities, plus church, family gatherings… Can you survive this season?
What kind of girl are you?
Some girls are more laid-back and able to figure out ways to, uh, let’s say “take it easy”. Other girls may not detach themselves from the worries and fears that easily entice them. These girls inadvertently end up confining themselves in a dungeon of anxiety and loss of identity, leaving the least-warned wondering “what in the world is going on”.
That might be what people call “the teenage years”. Looking from the outside, it may be explained as an attitude problem. But for you, girls, it is a time of exploring, conquering, and YES, you can do it!
Prioritize – First Things Come First
Prioritizing should mean a lot to you at this point of the journey. It’s wise to consider what Ecclesiastes 3 says:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
So where do you start?
- Seek God. A relationship with God is fundamental to understand what life is all about. And let me tell you a secret: it is not about you, and neither is it about me! Once you let God be in control of your life, all the other things will come along. He will bring the right friends and put the desire in your heart to pursue a certain career. He will open and close doors before you so only the ones that will accomplish His plan in your life will be wide open and visible at your sight.
- Family comes next. You will be with your parents or relatives for a short season. One day (and very soon!) you will be finding your own place and taking care of your expenses (they are many, by the way). So enjoy the security of living within a family’s umbrella of protection. It may feel suffocating sometimes, but once you get out of it, you will miss the sharing of moments, the comfort food, the free advice and mostly important, that every day act of love. Unconditional love will still be there for you, always available if you fall. But the good days of close relationship will be missed.
- Church. Church should never be taken as a choice just because you have nothing better to do. Church is a “must”, not a “maybe”. In church I built relationship with others and gave people a chance to speak the truth to me in love. In church I learned how to memorize the scriptures, which I still carry to this day. That’s a good thing, because my memory is not the same as it used to be! It is in church that I get the chance to share my burdens to others and pray for those who shared theirs. Church is about being part of God’s family, where each person has a task.
- School. That’s your main job. Do it well. Focus on what will build you a solid future and dedicate yourself to excellence. But don’t let it overpower you either; a good balance is essential and healthy.
- Friends. Yes, they are important! Try to accommodate them in between the above priorities, if you can. You will have the rest of your life to entertain your friends and explore the world. But do not let them prevent you from achieving the amazing plan God has for your life. Some friends may stick around you forever, while others will just pass by. And it is OK to let them go! Some of them need to be taken away. Be selective. Not everyone is supposed to become your best friend.
And after that…
Live. Breathe. Laugh. High school shouldn’t feel like a dungeon. Don’t let the pressure dictate your mood. It’s just a season; a short season!