Hey guys, this week I’m posting my purdue admission’s essay. It’s a bit of my previous worry entry. Enjoy!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
In verse 34, chapter six in the Gospel of Matthew lies a piece of advice that never phased me until I realized the amount of effort it takes to faithfully and flawlessly trust what it says daily.
I have always been a chronic worrier, especially when I do not feel in control. I never understood how much I worried until my youth pastor, Phill Knuth, confronted me about it after spending extended periods of time with me on various youth trips. I would make comments such as, “Phill, I’m worried. I’m not prepared to give my speech in English tomorrow.” He would reply with, “Worrying is not Biblical; it shows that you don’t trust that whatever happens is God-willed and is always in your best interest, even if it means getting hurt.”
Phill’s wise words, coupled with Biblical references, such as Matthew 6:34, serve as some of the best advice I have ever received. It has made my life immensely less stressful and greatly improved my walk with God. Knowing God is in control and anything he lets happen to me is in my best interest, has made the high school hurdles that many teenagers struggle to conquer a breeze. Having the mindset that God is always with me is a priceless one. It has kept worry from plaguing my often hectic lifestyle, and will continue to do so in the future.
The tension that began to build because of the stress worry was putting on my spiritual life made me realize how it could negatively affect other crucial aspects of my life as well, such as my education.
I realized how worry could hinder my success if it got out of hand. If I worried about the math test two weeks down the road, I would be so preoccupied with my own apprehension that learning the material at hand would become difficult, and in turn, I would not succeed at the desired level on the math exam. Luckily, I never made it to such a level, at which all reason is sucked into a proverbial black hole, and you don’t know what you’re concerned about anymore, just withering in a constant state of worry.
As college nears I have been contemplating how maintaining a worry-free mentality could help me adjust to the ins and outs of college life. Having a mindset that is not clouded by fear or worry will help me manage every aspect of my home life while writing an ungodly amount of papers, and reading a seemingly infinite number of pages. Fear of the unknowns that reside in the realm of the eminent college lifestyle could greatly hinder success. I won’t let that happen.