Scripture to Soothe Back-to-School Stress

Written by Mark Wickersham, ECS Director of Spiritual Formation

The start of school can be a time of hair-pulling stress and crazy nerves for parents and students. 

  • What will I wear?
  • What do I need to bring to school?
  • Who will be in my classes?
  • Where are my classes?
  • Which classes are more demanding?
  • Who will I sit with at lunch?
  • Will I make the team? 
  • Should I join the club?
  • How do I get on the bus?
  • Will Mr. Wick be hiding somewhere to scare me?

These are just a few of the questions that students ask before the first day of school (and continue to ask from time to time). And stress isn’t just limited to families. Teachers also might feel a bit of pressure trying to pull everything together for the new school year. Can I get an amen?

When we’re feeling stressed, this isn’t a time for us to say, “He must decrease, but I must increase.” No! This is a time when we need more Scripture. What are some Bible verses to help alleviate the stress and start the year on a strong note? Check these out:

  • Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 
  • John 14:1 Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 

Put these verses on your mobile and laptop wallpapers, a piece of paper in your pocket, your bathroom mirror, your fridge, your locker, and in cute framed pictures around your home. Memorize the verses, meditate on them (study and think about them), pray them in your mind and out loud, sing them, and share them with others. Just do it!

Life can be stressful, but let’s keep Scripture at the forefront. Scripture is the key to fighting sin, strengthening our relationship with Christ, and living a joy-filled life in this stressful world. 

Remember, if you are ever struggling with stress, want a better understanding of how to follow Christ, or need a listening ear, don’t hesitate to drop me a line or pay me a visit. I’ll do what I can to help and point you to the Father of mercies and God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3). He is good!