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by Trever Carter

I’m kind of a worry wort. I know, I know, kind of hard to fathom from such an easy-going kid (sarcasm intended here, people.) If there is something to worry about, I can almost guarantee you that I worry about it: practice, tests, projects, school, work … just to name a few. My heart races, I get worked up, and sometimes I even get sick to my stomach. And when all the worry builds up, I’m left apathetic.

But recently, I’ve been reminded of an awesome, awesome thing in a way that has not occurred to me in this way before.

My God is a big, big God. My God is a God that is in control. My God is a God that is bigger than my problems. He is bigger than my worries. He is bigger than my fears. My God has a plan. He is a big God.

Since junior year began, I’ve been super worried about school and grades and what it would mean for me in terms of college in a year and a half.  That in itself has caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety. But my God is bigger than that.  He has a plan for me, one that I will embark on and have to come to terms with. I can fight His plan for me and try to fulfil my own, or I can try to align my will with His. There is so much comfort in that—that He will use me to do what I am supposed to.

Another example—my heart has been on missions ever since freshman year, and I’ve seized every opportunity I’ve had. Both of my trips (SEMP evangelism seminar in Chicago and a mission trip to California) have changed my life in amazing ways. This summer, I have the opportunity to go to Haiti, and I’m super excited and feel it truly is where God wants me.  However, six months out and before any official meetings, I’m worried about it: the travel, the finances, the passports, the medicines and all other endless possibilities. But my God is bigger than that. If it is truly His will, He will provide, fulfill, and sustain everything, including all the yearnings of my heart.

Finally, another change of pace in my life is causing some stress.  Sports starting, new busyness and new temptations arising all tend to make me lose focus on my walk. God is bigger than these temptations. And I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but it’s such a powerful thing to me.

He is my rock and my foundation, someone I can always rely on. How reassuring! So the petty issues of my life should not be so anxiety causing; the world is bigger than me, my God is bigger than me and there is way more to life than worrying about the little things.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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.

One thought on “iCYouth: Don’t Let Worry Choke You

  1. From one professional worrier to another, I applaud your transparency. Something that completely rocked my world when I first started dealing with my tendency to worry was when I was taking Pam Gillaspie’s No Worries pilot class and we were going through Mark 4 … if you read it, pay close attention to what it says worry does in verse 19. Life changer for me. Thanks for your transparency and reminding us we serve a MIGHTY God!

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