In college it is hard to stay on task and even harder to be diligent. Half the time, I want to lay in bed and day dream; the other half, I want to eat, drink and enjoy the pleasures of life. None of the time do I want to work or do school work. Laziness is a real struggle for me, that and procrastination. The bible states in Ecclesiastes 11:4, “
He that is watching the wind will not sow seed; and he that is looking at the clouds will not reap.” Laziness and procrastination will not fair well. I know this, yet I find myself hiding under the covers in the morning and looking for every reason not to get out the bed. Proverbs 6:9 poses these questions, “How long, you lazy one, will you lie there? When will you rise up from your sleep?” My answer to those questions most the time is forever and never. What does the bible have to say to my answers? Proverbs 13:4 says, “The lazy person has his cravings, yet he has nothing, But the diligent one will be fully satisfied.” So if you don’t want to have nothing you have to be diligent and put out something.
Being diligent is hard and it’s discouraging when you just don’t have the will to do task but think of it this way, lets say all year you had fun, went out and did not do your homework. When you did do your assignments, you turned in average effort work but you needed all B’s on your report card. So at the end of the year you decide to get on your grind and bring up your grades. What do you think will happen? Well the bible tell you, “For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” – Galatians 6:7 So you might just get all C’s rather than all B’s. Or maybe your maybe you worked you butt off, when you found out you needed all B’s. If your like me, your procrastination did not hinder you but made life harder while receiving just barely the grades you needed. The bible gives this council “If an iron tool is dull and one does not sharpen its edge, he will need to exert much effort. But wisdom helps to achieve success.” – Ecclesiastes 10:10 So be wise and do your work in advance so you won’t have to work so hard to just barely make your goals.
This also goes for you spiritual goals as well. Do not put them off. Nothing is more important then your relationship with Jehovah. Therefore, take the council given in Philippians 1:10,“That you may make sure of the more important things, so that you may be flawless…” This means when school gets rough that’s no excuse not to go out in service and not study for and attend your meetings. From experience I can tell you, when you sacrifice for Jehovah you are rewarded. Your assignments will get done and you will reap the grades you deserve. Like Matthew 6:33 said, “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.”