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Using Time Wisely...

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012.

College students like me are professional procrastinators. I’d never be able to count how many times I’ve thought to myself, “Hmm, I have homework. But I don’t want to do it. I’ll watch YouTube or play video games instead!”

Sometimes procrastination is pretty harmless. I often find myself procrastinating because I want to give my mind a rest after classes or because I want to go to events like Bible studies or church meetings. In these cases, procrastination is acceptable either because I end up having enough time to still do my work or because the reasons for my procrastination are legitimate.

But most of the time, procrastination does hurt me, even if I can’t tell it. Sometimes procrastination puts me in deep trouble, either by forcing me to cut down on study time for a quiz or exam or by making me miss assignments entirely. If I procrastinate on one assignment at the beginning of the week, that sets back my entire schedule for the rest of the week. Once I waste some time procrastinating, I can never get it back. I just have to sacrifice something else to make up for my lost time. The cycle of procrastination often builds until I’m staying up late almost every night to try to finish my work.

I don’t know quite how I’ll get out of this bad habit, but I know where I need to start: I need to remind myself that God’s gift of time is immeasurably precious. We often talk about time as if it belongs to us, saying things like, “I don’t have enough time for this” or “this is a waste of my time.” But saying that time belongs to us is ridiculous. Time is a free gift from God to us, and we need to honor that gift. I’ll keep working on breaking my procrastinating habits, and I’ll start by remembering that time is not mine, but God’s, and that I must honor God in the way that I use the time God has given to me.


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."