Do Not be Anxious

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

When I was younger, I used to compete in triathlons, which is a race where you do swimming, biking, and running. I remember how nervous I used to get before the start of each race and I could always feel butterflies in my stomach. It seemed like the feeling would never go away and sometimes I would even try to find a way to get out of doing the race. But right when the race started, all the feelings of fear and anxiety went away, and I realized how much fun it was and that I really had nothing to worry about.

Anna at pep rally

There are plenty of things that have the potential to cause us anxiety that we encounter every day, like tests, presentations, speeches, being in a competition, disagreeing with group, and so much more. A common reaction to these things that we’re scared to face is to try to run away from the problem or try to take the easy way out. Sure, this may work for a while, but it will easily become a habit where you never want to do the hard things in your life that are really there to help you learn and make you stronger.

We can’t always control what happens to us, or what we are asked to do, but what we can control is how we react to different situations and how we handle them. Accepting the trials that have been placed in our lives and working to overcome them are things that help us grow and push our boundaries. My charge to you is whenever you are faced with a difficult situation that causes you anxiety, remind yourself of your purpose in life and have confidence knowing that God is always in control.

Anna at the retreat

Anna in ChapelAs part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Anna B., one of our tenth grade students (pictured).