But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
The past few days have been troublesome for learning things. Sure, school’s been good, but my attitude toward different subjects has made me a little iffy about my tolerance for certain subjects. In other words, in my major study field of biology, I have felt a nervousness about certain topics, whether in school or in my personal learning, primarily due to suspicion about overwhelming detail in certain subjects (and sources of such). The one that is pertinent today is gastropods, or snails and slugs, in case you were wondering. Yet this is currently a topic of personal study, not in school.
This entire preoccupation turned out quite moot, since it was utterly dependent on the mood of the moment. Sometimes I’m in the mood to read certain material, other times I feel it may not be the time.
I should keep in mind what Jesus said at the Sermon on the Mount in the above quotation. Whatever you strive for, keep God in the center. If it isn’t absolutely pressing as school (or whatever endeavor) is, the best way to approach things is to just determine if your mood (or mind) is well poised to take on doing something non-essential.
Bottom line? Try to determine how disposed you are toward a certain task that is “on the side” of your chief responsibilities. In other words, set priorities. This will help you decide if the time is right.