For many young people this will be the first time that life is uncertain and unpredictable, and it’s scary. We have been used to having control over our lives, but nowhere has it been promised. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, for there have always been wars, natural disasters, epidemics and pandemics. No one wants adversity, but all of us will experience it, and with it will come difficult and challenging times, setbacks and defeats.
Such change and transition can bring anxiety and doubt. If fear dominates your life you will only live half a life, so the trick is to face it! That means accepting that you can’t always expect certainty, for life is risky. We need to develop our resilience; that means the capacity to bounce back.
If we are firmly rooted in Christ we can face life’s challenges. It’s important to engage in church and have a personal relationship with Jesus, pray at a deep level, believe in scripture and see it as a guidebook to live by allowing God to transform your thinking.
Prepare, but don’t plan too far ahead for you never know what God will sideslip into your life. Enjoy living a day at a time.
Value what you have and what you learn; you may need them later in life.
Don’t focus on difficulty, focus on Jesus, He is always present and faithful.
Deal with problems as they come along, because it’s easy to avoid them by burying them, but they will be buried alive and will crop up later, even into much later in your life.
Remember - sometimes you will be happy and sometimes you will be sad; we didn’t evolve to be constantly content.
Life is about managing risks and being equipped to deal with them, and you will one day look back over your life and thank God for the ‘interruptions.’
‘A man was watching a butterfly struggle to emerge from its cocoon; trying to help he snipped the cocoon; the butterfly slithered out, tried to fly, then died.
What the man didn’t know was that the struggle was nature’s way of forcing fluid out of its body and into its wings to make them strong, so the butterfly could fly.’