I'm in college and things can certainly get out of control and chaotic a lot of the time. In the midst of this chaos, I have the tendency to handle everything myself. I mean, no one else can help me find motivation to do my homework, go to work and to class. It's up to me to do everything...and as small as that seems, it stresses me out quite a bit. In addition to that, I need to make sure that I find or make time to read my Bible and pray.
Recently, I've been joining my two best friends in a devotional that we've been doing called Jesus Calling. A lot of the time, it focuses on resting in God and trusting Him. Sometimes, I wonder, “why does it keep coming back to this??” And then the next day I realize that I needed that. I need a daily reminder to rest. To trust God. In the middle of all my daily list of 'to-dos', it's helpful to take a minute and focus on God—to remind myself that He is in control, not me. And as hard as it is to relinquish control, it's vital to my mental state of being. ;)
So, in trying to put this into practice, I've tried to just live my life one day at a time—focusing primarily on what I have to do for tomorrow, not what's due in a week or what's going to happen next month or if I'm going to survive the summer at home...the list could go on and on. There's a reason that Jesus tells us in Matthew 6, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Verse 34). We can't handle everything at one time, we need to trust God with each day and not jump ahead. We don't need that kind of stress.
I challenge you to focus primarily on the day you have now instead of focusing on what's going to happen in a year from now, a month from now, or a week from now—trusting God with every day.
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