Thanksgiving 2018: Never Too Busy for God
Grace Christian Huynh
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Hello everybody. I hope this post finds you well and that you had a blessed 2018. I wanted to take the time to share with you how 2018 went so far for me in the spirit of the Thanksgiving week. I’m in my second year of pharmacy school, and I spend most of my time on school work; pharmacy school is not easy, I’m not going to lie. Despite the challenges, I still find many things in my life I call blessings from the Father including the struggles. I’m able to keep up my grades and scholarships, and I had the honor of designing a class pin.
The structure of my classes this semester leaves very little time to myself that I don’t already spend either catching up on my sleep or studying the Word. To summarize, every day I must read material to prepare for a morning quiz in a class. That activity itself can take several hours as I must prepare for multiple quizzes in a school day. In the face of the most difficult classes I’ve been through, I still make good grades and maintain my scholarships. I owe it all to the Lord.
There’s a danger of buckling under the pressure of all this school work, but I know that the reason I haven’t is because of the Lord. To honor Him, I make the time to read the Bible every day and have Bible study with my brother weekly because it is important to keep the Word alive in my heart. Making good grades now will help me in the future, but making sure my soul is in a good place is even more important.
In addition to the scholarships that I’ve renewed since my years in undergrad, I thank God that I have an additional $750 in scholarship money from the Honors program this semester due to my qualifying grades. That extra incentive further motivates me to continue doing my best in my studies and not falter in my duty to the Father, the Provider.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19).
Another achievement I’m proud of is a creative project I completed for my school. In my college, every class has the opportunity to design their class pin, a symbolic representation of that group of students. Any student interested in designing the pin would submit their designs. Then, the class votes on their favorite design.
Being so busy with school, I sacrificed the time to draw for fun, which I only do sparingly when my brain isn’t already so tired from school. The lack of an artistic outlet contributed to the excitement I had for this project; it helped to have the thought that my design could be worn by my classmates when they’re out in the professional world. I’m particularly happy about this achievement since I was able to express my artistic abilities with the support of my peers, who picked my design, and my friends and family, who I bothered frequently about their opinions on my design choices.
Speaking of design choices, here’s what the elements of the class pin mean: the colors blue and orange are our school colors. The mortar and pestle are classic symbols for pharmacy. I added the star in the middle of the mortar so it looks like the letter “U” in my school’s logo, which was updated after I finished the pin. I was a bit bummed about the fact the logo I used in my pin is outdated, but I still think it looks good! The rose represents the city of Tyler, TX since that is the industry the city is known for and where the school is located. The petals going into the mortar represent the students from our school in Tyler going into the profession of pharmacy after we graduate. The rays of light coming from above represent the providence of God. The phrase “non sibi sed omnibus” is Latin for “not for one’s self but for all,” which accurately reflects the nature of the medical profession. Finally, MMXXI are the Roman numerals for 2021, the year that my class will graduate.
Looking back, I am appreciative for the ability to express myself creatively and to have the family and friends who support me and my interests. I see being creative and artistic as valuable gifts from God, the original Creator and Artist.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17).
The big take away I want to share with you all is this: it’s tempting to put off studying the Word when we are busy with other elements in our lives. We have the tendency to get caught up pursuing our own worldly interests because we can see the result of our labor right now in this life. It’s harder to invest in a life promised to us after our death; that’s something we see later, not now, and it’s an expectation based on faith. We like what we can see and feel, and I suppose we feel more secure working hard for something more tangible than everlasting life.
No matter how busy your life can get, you are never too busy to be a Christian. You should always have time and energy to dedicate to the Lord. We owe everything we have to the Father Who gave us life. As such, we should be thankful for everything we have and experience, the good and bad.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Brothers and sisters, I beseech that you resist that urge to put aside the Word of God to focus entirely on your worldly desires. There’s nothing wrong with working hard unless you put that above your work for God. At the very least, take just 30 minutes every day to study the Word and spend the rest of the day to ponder it as you work. Communicate with God in your heart. If you pay attention to God, He will pay attention to you. Remember, He can easily take away what is given.
“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21).
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that my thoughts inspire you to self-reflect on how to be a better Christian. I wish you all a blessed rest of 2018 and a happy Thanksgiving!
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15).
Grace Christian Huynh
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