Okay, I am going to be completely honest with y'all. My freshman year in college, I did not make reading my Bible a priority. I put my school work first and God second. I told myself I had papers to write, tests to study for, and projects to prepare. If I mountains of homework to do, what makes you think I'm going to have time to open my Bible and sped time with God? I know that sounds awful, but that is how I felt.
I would snapchat a really good friend of mine and always notice that every day she is reading her Bible. I would think "Why isn't she doing homework" "I know she is drowning in constant work to do like me." I asked her how she always had time to do homework, yet still had time to read her Bible. She than told me that she makes it a priority to read her Bible. She forces herself to do it. She puts reading her Bible before homework. I instantly thought she was crazy. I mean we are in college does she not understand the work load we have is insane?
As I strayed further away from God, I found myself feeling even more anxious and sad. I always thought it was because school was overwhelming and hard, but yes that is part of the reason, I have found that I never prayed to God about my anxieties and worries. I never brought it all to Him. I did in high school. I was pretty good about it too. However in college I barely talked to Him. I literally didn't have time. But I have learned that no matter what the Lord comes first and He tells us that in Proverbs 16:3. If we put Him first and commit to Him, He will establish our plans for us. He will make sure we turn in that paper on time, have time to study for that test, or whatever tasks we need to accomplish. By putting Him first He promises to help us and guide us and make sure everything goes as to His plan.
He even wants us to gives Him our anxieties and worries as He tells us in Philippians 4:6-7. If you just pray and tell Him to take it all away, it is amazing how much better you will feel. It is like a huge weight as been lifted off of your shoulders. He wants us to come to Him for help. We shouldn't be afraid to. If we go to Him for help, He will grab our hand and hold on tight and walk us through all the hard times. Giving Him your worries also doesn't make you worry like you were before because when you gave them to God, He took them and He is taking care of them for you. You will find yourself to be a happier person by doing just that.
If you were to ask me what the key to happiness is I would instantly say Jesus. Talking to Him and studying His word has proven to make people happier. I have found to worry a lot less and be more happier if I sit down every day, open my Bible, and just talk to God. You may be a super busy person, which we all are, but you have to put God first. Wake up earlier or go to bed earlier so you have time to study His word. I promise you through Him, you will find happiness and pure joy,