What’s Next?

15836_landscape_curvy_roadIt’s that point in the semester and the year when things start to get crazy. Relationships become tense and possibly broken, stress is out of control, and New Years resolutions become distant and put on the back burner for next year. School is weighing down and Spring Break is looking pretty nice! The weather isn’t helping much either. It’s cold, cloudy and that means BEDTIME IS ALL THE TIME! Metaphorically, the road/mountain we are on is presenting numerous curves and twists that are throwing off your alignment. Why is it happening like this though? Maybe it’s because the place we are at is beginning to seem doldrum-like with work, school and we want something more exciting or just different.

What do we do to combat this feeling of wanting to give in to the lackadaisical behavior that would most certainly bring about unfortunate consequences? What happens when we see the world around us fall into questionable crumbles that resemble something we thought we once knew? How do we react to a prowling sense of complacency? What’s our answer when all we can ask is, “What’s next?”

Well, my friends, I am here to encourage you to not give up. Why? you ask. WELL, think of the options the glory to come. The relationships have potential to be remedied, Spring Break is around the corner, the INSANITY Workout is right where you left it, and the weather is likely to get better soon (Maybe not the next 3 days, says half of Facebook). The doldrum-like state is combated with numerous things; the late night “bro” time, the epic prank war, the weekend family adventure, or reconnecting with what set you off on the right foot the first time. After all, there are so many possibilities that await! Take me for example, Resident Assistant next year, Public Relations team this summer, and friends who continue to be there to persistently build me up!

What should often set us off on the right foot is Christ. When we are close to Him we view the world through tinted glasses that allow loving broken people, seeing the beauty in tomorrow’s possibilities and not focusing on today’s roadblock, and/or being there for people who need you. Yet, the world constantly throws us loops that take away momentum and leave us a tad bit winded.

James 1:12 says,
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

or 1 Peter 5:10 says,
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

Let this be the breath that fills up your lungs and gives you the strength to make it through the Old Testament memory tests, the INSANITY-level 2 workouts, and the cold treks through the blinding, toe-frosting, yet endless possibility filled snow. When the questions and worry begin to mound about what’s around the corner remember; worrying is taking responsibility for something God never intended you to be concerned about. Let Christ be your answer to, “What’s next?”

Keep on and keep God,

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Joey Alligier

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