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by Trever Carter

Summer has drawn to a close: football games have begun, the weather has (kind of) cooled off and sweatshirts are being brought out of the closet. Seasonal drinks are back at Starbucks, Homecoming is around the corner and everything is picking back up again.

For me, this means another acceleration of pace, getting back into the swing of things after a few months of mostly peace and quiet. Usually, this transition for me is a piece of cake. I’ve never had a problem getting back into school; I actually kind of enjoy it. Being in new classes, seeing my friends every day again and having more of a scheduled day are all things that I don’t mind.

This year, however, it’s been a little bit more of a struggle. I don’t think I entirely thought of the future last year when I signed up for classes. I bit off a little more than I can chew regarding some challenging classes. Usually, school is never a problem for me. Now, two weeks into school, it’s hitting me in a way that it hasn’t previously. Also, I took on a job and am now working two days a week. Throw on top of that pressures from home, a sport and an array of other things. Don’t get me wrong, this is all my own doing, and I’m not trying to complain. Life is just posing different challenges than I have in years past.

And it’s catching up to me. My anxiety is getting more serious, all because of my own selfish desire to pursue perfection.  That is what the first couple weeks of the school year have taught me. So far, I’ve learned that I need to be persistent in prayer concerning everything, especially concerning school, an area I usually leave out. I have a tendency to pursue perfection in order to please others, and when I don’t succeed, I just feel bad. God is the only one I have to please, and I know that if I don’t get straight As or if I have to ask for a sub at work, my life will not end then and there. He has got a plan for me, and whatever happens is just a step to fulfillment of that plan.

So I pray. I pray for nerves to be calmed. I pray for God to rid me of my desire for worldly perfection and replace it with a desire for spiritual fulfillment. I pray for comfort,and peace and patience. And that has helped me get through the hardships of this transitional period.

TrevernewheadshotTrever Carter is a junior at Grayslake North High School. He enjoys running, playing lacrosse, and photography. He also likes to write, serve with the church, and spend time with his friends.

2 thoughts on “ICYouth: Perfect Performance and Pleasing God {Trever}

  1. Trever, thank you for sharing your heart here. As a recovering perfectionist, I understand where you are coming from! Busy has always been a marker of my life and add to that perfectionism … well, you’ve then got a case of major burn out. I’m so encouraged that you’re learning lessons about pleasing God instead of pursing perfectionism; He will honor that!

  2. you have been and will continue to be lifted up Trever. you don’t know us, but we were very moved by your maturity and strength in sharing your story at the Legacy Summit. keep turning to Him! Angie & Tim Hill

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