DEAR ABBY: I have been having trouble in a lot of areas lately. Traveling for sports, trying to find a new church, dealing with the loss of a loved one, and school. I think I’m about to go insane. How am I supposed to actually stay sane through all of it? –INSANE
DEAR INSANE: First of all, I am so sorry that you feel this way right now. My prayer for you is that you hold on to the promise that God has given us that says He will never leave you or forsake you. Know that this is just a season and that this will pass. This time will not last forever. Having said that, there are some things you can do to help you on a daily basis. Find someone who can be a mentor and a confident to you. You need to have someone you trust that you can talk to about the loss of your loved one. You can not make yourself feel better just by wishing, or by trying to ignore it. You need to talk about it and deal with it. As for finding a new church, don’t give up. Pray for guidance and be proactive about getting involved. Being plugged in is so important. As a student, grades and sports are your jobs. You are learning life skills right now about balancing and prioritizing. No one can tell you how to manage your time in those areas. You can get guidance and advice- but ultimately the decision is yours as to how you are going to divide your hours up. You may decide you need to say no to some things; focus on what is important and what is going to have an impact on your future. Finally, you may need to take a break and focus on you. Take a day and just relax and seek God. Ask Him for his peace. Spend time doing something that makes you happy. You are not the best version of you if you are exhausted. I will also be praying for you. You’re stronger than you think!