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Commander of My Future

futureI’m in a certain stage in my life that most people fear–job-hunting.

Graduation from college is quickly approaching and I’m looking for an editorial position in a publishing house. It would be an understatement to say I’ve been a little stressed about it. My fiance is also applying to a graduate school and  figuring out timing has been not been as fun as I hoped.

The other day, however, I was reading through Ecclesiastes chapter eleven and my translation was interestingly put. The writer was speaking to young people and how they should enjoy life and remember their Creator. Verse ten began, “So refuse to worry” (NLT).

In that moment, God impressed on my heart, “When you worry about the future, you care about it more than you care me. I got the future. So refuse to worry.”

It also reminded me of the verse we all know, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT)

When I stand my ground and don’t let worry take control of my planning, I choose God instead. He remains where he should be, the commander of my future. He knows the best way to go, so why worry?

Copyright 2013 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

Troubled Heart

One semester in college, I literally worried myself sick. I took a few classes at the community school at age sixteen; it was my first college experience. I had been homeschooled throughout junior high and high school. So going to class was new and a little scary.

I took an honors English class with a great teacher. However, every assignment had me on edge. The atmosphere was daunting and it was harder than I expected. Even out of class, I was always reminded of some assignment or paper. It was as if I saw life through a shroud of worry.

I knew the anxiety was causing problems. I became physically sick. But I didn’t know how not to worry. However, God got hold of me and showed me a passage in John. The phrase “Don’t let your hearts be troubled” jumped out to me (14:1 NIV). I thought, Wait, you can let your heart be troubled? I never thought of it like that. Instead of worrying and fretting about my problems, God encouraged me to give Him my fears and trust Him.

I did. God was with me as I finished the semester and got an A+ in the class. I learned I never need to worry.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

Find Rest

What do you do when you’re stressed or upset?

I sometimes turn to a friend, go online to pass the time, or just sit down and work it out in my mind. These can be very helpful at times.

When I first started college, I was 16, and had an honor’s class. I also had been homeschooled for years and this was my first official classroom experience since the 4th grade. Needless to say…I was kinda nervous.

I remember each assignment was causing new waves of worry and fear. My way to deal with the assignments were to worry about them. I figured if I worried hard enough about it, I would feel guilty enough to do it on time. Looking back, it’s a terrible work ethic.

But my entire philosophy changed that semester. I was intrigued by the beginning verses in Psalm 62:

My soul finds rest in God alone; 
   my salvation comes from him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation; 
   he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (vs. 1-2 NIV 1984)

I was struck by the phrase “alone.” It hit me that I only need to trust in the Father alone, not in my own abilities in school-work. This new philosophy can be applied to practically anything! My soul finds rest in God, not money, not perfect kids, not a successful career, not a good reputation, and not even browsing the internet!

During this week, strip away something you find rest in, and aim to rest in the Lord instead.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

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