Having just finished Year 12, now is the time when everything begins to get serious. University is just around the corner and the thought of having to apply is really starting to freak me out! Just a few months ago, I had no clue as to what subject I was going to study and with the deadline coming closer and closer, I was really starting to panic. Everyone seemed to have their life sorted, a specific degree with a dream job to aspire to in the future, but I had no clue. Choosing which AS-level to drop was proving hard enough and choosing a university subject seemed impossible.
However, as Christians we know that our amazing God has a plan for us, and although we do not know what these plans are, God has it all sorted, and so worrying isn't necessary. We have a great future ahead of us. So, we can be distinctive in the way that we go through sixth-form and all its pressures, because being a Christian means that we can trust in the Lord, knowing that no matter what happens, we are part of His plan.
“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 hope and a future.’
(Jeremiah 29: 11)
This verse gives us the assurance that God is in control whenever we are doubtful or struggling with what to do with our lives. The key thing to remember when we are making decisions is to ensure that whatever we decide, we should try to honour God's name and make Him known.
There is more to our life than the world's focus of being the best and most successful.
At my school (and probably at yours), success completely revolves around exams and grades - leading to the idea that you have been 'successful' if you get a place at a university which is higher up the league table than others. I know this pressure to be successful in education has impacted my own journey to university, resulting in breakdowns over not being as clever as my friends.
As a Christians, our idea of success should be different.
Success should be honouring God and the gifts He gives you, and if that doesn’t include academic success then it will be something else. God has chosen every one of us to be a part of His family, and our gifts and talents are there to be used to honour Him and not to be compared.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
This verse shows us that whatever we decide to do, God is with us and will help us. Another hugely helpful Bible verse is Romans 12:4, which reminds us that although we are all different and have divergent talents, we are all one in Christ, and are seen equally by our amazing God.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.” Romans 12:4
If you have time, I would also encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 12, which again reiterates this verse in more detail, giving us encouragement if we feel down about ourselves or lack confidence. Let’s praise the Lord that we are all different, so that together as one body of Christ, we can spread the gospel and our love of Jesus to all the nations, though different methods.
We are all so important to God, making up a part of the Christian community and encouraging others, so don’t underestimate yourself when exam grades are low, or you think you aren’t achieving as high as others, because without you, the body of Christ would not be complete.
Hannah is going into her last year of sixth form and lives in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. She loves food, friends and following Jesus! Hannah is a big fan of More Precious, and hopes that it can influenc eother Christian girls to be more distinctive in their life!