CALLED TO BE A STUDENT
Recently I heard the following quote from one of our adult
"If you want to become
all God wants you to become,
then you must learn
all He wants you to learn."
What a great attitude toward school! For part of my school
career, I did as little as possible to get by. As a result, my
school work was drudgery to me. It wasn’t until I learned to put
my heart in it that I began to experience joy in my work.
In his book, The Fight, John White describes the
transformation of his work life in college:
"I remember the relief I felt when I quit worrying about exams.
I was studying human pathology at the time. With half my mind I
was reading and with the other half I was worrying about such
questions as: Am I really absorbing this stuff? Is it likely to
come up in an exam? Am I going too slowly? Ought I to rely on
lecture notes? Why is this so boring?
"From somewhere the thought came:
Why not read this chapter as unto the Lord?
"Not worry about exams? I caught my breath. One part of me knew
that I would experience relief and enjoy my work more. Another
part of me rebelled. The suggestion seemed dangerous. My
examiners were not interested in godly conscientiousness but in my
covering the material.
"The struggle was brief and I opted for godliness. I was sick
of the drudgery of studying for grades and of the pervasive
anxiety that inhibited real study. I had already grasped the kind
of study principles that "how to study" books describe so that my
change of orientation entailed no change of method. Indeed I
became more methodical. To my joy I found his yoke easy and his
burden light so that I studied with rest in my soul. Pathology
grew more interesting. I could afford to be curious about what I
was reading. I took pride in writing brief outlines of chapters I
read through. The drudgery melted away and a sense of satisfaction
and gratitude took its place. Exams or no exams, I would study
for God. And I took time off to play tennis with a carefree
"[Now] I was responsible to use my study time in a way that
pleased God. I covered the same ground but was carefree and
enjoyed what I was doing. I certainly learned a lot more though
how this affected my grades I do not know. Nor do I care. I was no
longer working for grades but for Christ. Study had become for
me...[a calling]. I drew satisfaction from the activity and
from the end result of a chapter grasped as well as my abilities
"Of course I would slip back from time to time [to my old
attitudes]. Pleasing Christ in my studies was like learning a new
swimming stroke. It had to be practiced. Yet my studies were never
the same again."
Will you view and pursue your studies as a calling from
God to whom you are responsible?
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