FF40 – Day 30 on Transition | From Ryan Pino


Genesis 17:5 | Psalm 62:6 | Philippians 4:6-7

Why is it that the words transition and anxiety seem to go hand-in-hand?
I think it mainly has to do with how they are both related in some way to a
level of uncertainty. With any transition comes something new, something
not yet experienced, and that can be fairly daunting at times. Perhaps that’s
why the transition into college life is inevitably accompanied by a great deal
of anxiety.

When I first arrived at Belmont, I was thrilled to experience this new stage in
my life and all the perks that came along with my newfound independence.
But it’s also fair to say that I was full of anxiety.

Questions abounded. Could I handle the rigor of the classes? Could I find
places on campus to get involved where I would not only be accepted
but also be of some benefit? How would I balance my time effectively and
still grow spiritually? Thankfully, all of these initial questions were quickly
answered, but they were soon replaced by new questions.

You see, life is full of transitions, so there will always be more questions to
answer. But does that mean life will always be full of anxiety, too? Well, for
many people, the answer is yes, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every
situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to
God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

There are many lessons that can be learned from this passage, but I think the
main thing to take away is the importance of prayer in dealing with anxiety.
God knows what you are going through, and He cares. He will be right there
beside you the whole way, always listening, always loving.

I challenge you to lay your anxiety at the feet of Jesus and then simply thank
Him for the incredible opportunities you have to learn, to grow, and to make
a difference while here at Belmont. If you do this, you can be assured that no
longer will it be anxiety that fills your mind, but peace…“the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding.”

Ryan Pino
Sophomore, Asian Studies


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