No limits.

Year 12 is winding up and life into adulthood is quickly approaching. I am currently in my last week of school, ever. I am trying to find the best way to explain how I am feeling right now and this will suffice. Imagine you have a hundred small pieces of paper in your hand and each one has a different emotion written on it. These feelings range from excited and enthusiastic to sad and nervous. You are holding the paper next to a fan and switch it on to high and all of a sudden they are scattered everywhere in a mess within a few seconds. 

School has been all I have ever known for the past thirteen years of my life. When you stop and think about it, you spend a massive chunk of your life there. My HSC exams are coming up in less than a month and what really does my head in the most is that you learn and study so hard in your final years just for six or seven exams. That’s it. 

I think something I have learnt from school is that you can accomplish anything if you do not accept limitations. Whatever you make up your mind to do, you CAN do. I flicked over to Philippians 3 the other day and these verses really stood out to me.

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: by no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back…let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” 

It made me realise that despite the HSC being a huge part of my life, at the end of the day it doesn’t determine the person I am. My walk with God is the determinant in my life and that is something that I often forget. Particularly over these past few months with the stress of trial exams, major works, assignments and now the HSC, I haven’t been able to focus solely on my relationship with God. James 4:12 says that “God is in charge of deciding our destiny”, so why can’t we just step back and let him takeover? 

Life was never meant to be easy, but I encourage you to step aside and say ‘okay’ to God. His plan for your life is so much bigger and better than you could ever imagine. No ATAR score, HSC exam or assignment mark can ever determine who you are as a person and where you will go in the future. Have a goal, be motivated by it and do your best. Never give up, because if you live confidently in the direction of your dreams you will end up living the life you imagined. 

Keep smiling. x

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