Teen Talk: Bring it on

Don’t stress about the future. God will guide you and take care of you.

Maddie McKenna

You’ve probably thought about what you want to be when you grow up at one point or another. Scratch that. I know you have. Whether you have thought about it recently or back when you were in preschool and wanted to be a Power Ranger or a princess, you have given it a thought at some point in your life.

I’m a junior in high school, and many of my friends have an idea of what they want to be, maybe even what college they would like to attend. On the other hand, I have no clue who I want to be in this world. I’m uncertain about the future, and that might seem like a very scary thing.

For many people, the thought of growing up and moving out is a scary one. For me personally, I was terrified of going to high school. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to get to my classes on time, my friends would leave me for a better group of people, and I wouldn’t be able to open my locker. In some cases, those worries were true. However, what I didn’t realize at that time was that I didn’t need to stress about these things. I also don’t need to be stressing about what will come after high school; God will provide.

I have an older brother, and college life is definitely working out for him. Seeing him move out and do well has given me reassurance that the future can’t be that scary, though I’m still a little bit worried about how I will do out on my own. He still attends church and is strong in his faith. God has planted a seed in everyone, and I thank God that those seeds are prospering.

At times when I feel anxious about my future, I remember what Jeremiah wrote, “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’ ” (29:11). I don’t have to freak out about what’s ahead of me because God will take care of me and he knows what’s best. God has watched over me since the day I was born, and he will continue to do so up until and even after the day that I join him in heaven.

High school can be challenging at times, but God takes care of the hard times. My Savior has blessed me with an amazing support system. So many have helped me through my struggles in high school. Why wouldn’t they help me when I have troubles down the road?

God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes things don’t go the way you have them planned out in your mind. God may have a different idea for you. Don’t be discouraged or become frustrated. I completely understand that sometimes it’s hard not to worry. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in things that you aren’t certain of. Satan tries so hard to distract you and make you forget about God’s saving grace. But we are clothed in Christ’s armor. He takes care of us all the time.

The next time that you catch yourself worrying and being stressed out about the future, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Maddie McKenna, a junior at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, is a member at St. John, Newville, Wisconsin.

 

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Author: Maddie McKenna
Volume 102, Number 10
Issue: October 2015

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