There is a hazard in all forms of graduate level education. This hazard is serious. I creates anxiety, stress, and passionate intensity. It’s called taking ourselves too seriously.
And yet the beauty of the Hope of Jesus is that it is not ourselves which we should be focused on. In fact, anxiety, stress, and passionate intensity are all forms of the sin of pride. We use them to attempt to control the situations of our lives and they are ridiculously ineffective and inefficient. Yet we persist.Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:27
In some cases we dwell on the past, guilt, shame, and anxiety over sins we have committed. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin. Job 11:6
So accept the call of joy. Know that God is more powerful than all of this serious business. Move forward into the new year with a light heart, laughter, and secure in the love of our creator.