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The Bible reforms every area of life when we don't interfere.
There is always a purpose for suffering. It is never meaningless. It always points us to God and His son Jesus. He is the only solution to our suffering for eternity. Joy that continues through suffering can only be experienced when you know you are loved by God, that you are adopted into His family, that you are forgiven, and you are part of His grand story.
I know, you walk into another day of the same old class, or sign in online because you are forced to and now you have to drudge through it. You find some way to cope with the depressing and unavoidable boredom of tedious sitting. You try thinking of other things, you doodle, you listen to music, you imagine you are listening to music. The problem is that you are forcing more work on yourself later by wasting the most important time for studying: class time.
There is something about being lazy that affects our entire being, not just the amount of stuff we get done.
Sometimes when I'm sitting on the couch finishing another Netflix season, I feel depressed, like something is ending in my life. I have been drawn into another life, and the death of waiting for the next season is quite disappointing. It is during these times, and other moments of depression, that I am at my laziest. Am I lazy because I'm depressed?
It is the content of the class and how it is organized and taught that inspires students to perform and behave well, not fancy techniques or allowing students to choose what they learn.
After I sat down and thought about what is valuable to students in my subject, I was able to organize it in a way that interested students. With these changes, I didn't have to sacrifice the meaningful content to make my class enjoyable. Students even started studying without me badgering them. I never thought that could happen!
In all areas of my life where I should have excelled, I never reached my best. Anxiety is like slavery. I was enslaved to my worry and fear. It made me timid. I could not do or say what I wanted. But things started happening to change everything for me.