By NICK VILLALOBOS, Editor in Chief
With the semester end quickly approaching, college students all across campus are becoming more and more stressed out.
Whether it’s the thought of final exams that’s causing the piercing headaches, or the realization of graduation being just 16 days away, and the rest of your life starting in 17 days, that’s got one fidgeting in their chair at this current moment, I want to ensure you that there is one easy solution to the stress.
The solution is not an alcoholic beverage, or any type of medication. Sure writing or exercising are two good ways to relieve stress, according to WebMd, but neither of those will keep the stress away, like the solution I practice will.
The solution that I practice, and stand firm on is simply, Trust God and Chill.
Sounds simple I know, and with the right faith, it is simple.
God said in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As I began my final year here at Northwestern back in August, I was stressed, and panicking at the thought of not having an idea of what I wanted to do next after college.
That fear continued well into the latter part of the semester as well, as it was helped along with the various job opportunities being given to a few of my close friends, but then with the semester came to a close in December, something changed in me.
In January, I had no idea what to do after graduation, and God knew that. I was also burnt out on newspaper, and everything writing related, and He knew that too. Instead of stressing about what’s to come however, I decided to change my approach to life after college.
I put my trust in Him, and chilled.
He seen I had no idea as to what to do after graduation, and that I was so done with newspaper mentally, so when I asked Him[God] why both of those things are happening as entered my final semester here at Northwestern, He simply replied, “because I am calling you elsewhere now.”
What did that mean? Well, when He told me that, I knew exactly where He was calling me. He was calling back to the area I have been for the last 11 years, which was working with kids in some manner, and in this case specifically, it was in the student ministries.
I have called the Northwestern News my missionfield for the last three and a half years, and during my time here, God has used me to share the gospel with many people, whether it was through a personal testimony, or through the story behind one of the many Christian songs I listen to.
By God telling me that He’s calling me elsewhere, I knew that both mentally and whole-heartily, He seen that I had finally put all my trust in Him and Him alone, and that is when the stress I had built up inside me was removed.
I applied that motto, Trust God and Chill, to my life, and the stress of this world was removed.
If you are like I once was, which was stressed about what’s to come, I just want to encourage you to simply, Trust God and Chill.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6