thoughts on study >
Study to begin with can never be easy; the determination to form systematic mental habits is the only secret. Don’t begin anything with reluctance.
Beware of any cleverness that keeps you from working. No one is born a worker; men are born poets and artists, but we have to make ourselves “laborers”.
The discipline of our mind is the one domain God has put in our keeping. It is impossible to be of any use to God if we are lazy. God won’t cure laziness, we have to cure it.
More danger arises from physical laziness than almost any other thing.
Inspiration won’t come irrespective of study, but only because of it. Don’t trust to inspiration, use your own “axe” (Psalm 74:5). Work! Think! Don’t luxuriate on the mount!
The demand for inspiration is the measure of our laziness. Do the things that don’t come by inspiration.
It is difficult to get yourself under control to do work you are not used to, the time spent seems wasted at first, but get at it again. The thing that hinders control is impulse.
Your mind can never be under your control unless you bring it there; there is no gift for control. You may pray till Doomsday but your brain will never concentrate if you don’t make it concentrate.
In the most superficial matters put yourself under control, your own control. Be as scrupulously punctual in your private habits as you would be in Government office.
Don’t insult God by telling Him He forgot to give you any brains when you were born. We all have brains, what we need is work.