It was just an ordinary day for Tom. Business as usual. Life as usual. But all of that changed instantly the moment he walked in his front door. He opened the door and immediately caught sight of his 15-year-old daughter, sobbing on the kitchen floor, shaking and holding half a bottle of pills. With the other half strewn about the floor. “No!” he shouted, as he swooped in and scooped his daughter into his arms. Thankfully she hadn’t done anything yet. You see, she’s on the student council. She’s the president of the National Honor Society. She’s the star of the musical. She’s captain of the basketball team. She’s vying for valedictorian of the class. To everyone on campus, she seemed like the ideal student in person. But inside she was torn up. And meanwhile, through all of this, she had no time for a social life or friends. She hadn’t been on a date for over a year. “I just can’t take the pressure anymore,” she said. In my everyday work as a pastor among high school students, this is the number 1 problem I encounter. There is an anxiety epidemic today. Now part of the problem is the teen who wants to take on everything and conquer the world. But a bigger problem is the world that fosters this environment of competition among people. And maybe the biggest part, in my observation, is the parents. The parents who have their kids playing four musical instruments, and 10,000 AAU games and learning 13 languages by the age of four because they want their kid advanced in life and ahead of everyone else. Even from when I was in high school, which is not that long ago, it is so different today with the competition and an AP test where you have to score 3, 4 or 5 or you wasted an entire semester and lost thousands of dollars. The pressure’s through the roof. But we all have this kind of anxiety, don’t we? Anxiety to meet deadlines. Anxiety to accomplish things. Anxiety to succeed in a dog-eat-dog world, especially this competitive America that many of us live in. If you have these kinds of thoughts, first of all, understand, go talk to someone. There’s no shame or embarrassment in talking to someone professional like a pastor who’s trained or a psychologist. They can be great. I should know. My mom’s a psychologist. But also, take to heart this great verse of the Bible. Now you might be thinking, “Well, why would I do that? Why would a holy, mighty God in heaven care about little, old me? A poor, pathetic sinner?” And this is what makes this verse so awesome. Cast all your anxiety on him. Because he cares for you. Our God has already taken all of your sin off of you and onto himself at the cross. So now give him all your anxiety, too. Because he cares for you. We are so moved by all your love and support as we continue to share God’s caring love through these videos at ‘Your Time of Grace.’ We pray that you continue to help us with your financial support and by sharing these videos with more people so that we can share God’s timeless love with everyone. Thank you, and God bless.