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I am suffering from laziness and lack of energy. Can you help me?

A studentís day schedule can be overwhelmingly packed with lectures to attend, people to meet, studying, and decisions to make. If students do not learn how to mange their time properly, they can be in trouble.

Everyday, we must desire and seek the will and guidance of God. Making good decisions, living a productive life, avoiding temptation, laziness and procrastination, eating healthy food and exercising should be our goals. Exercise such as walking has been proven in clinical trials to elevate mood. Above all we must follow the path of God in each day.

I encourage you to begin every day with prayers from the Agpeya, asking God to enlighten your path and strengthen your faith. Pray also for wisdom and understanding that you may overcome procrastinating and wasting your precious time.

I am going to give you some biblical verses to help you out.
"He came out and went, as was His custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed Him. When He reached the place, He said to them, 'Pray that you may not come into the time of trial" (Luke 22:39-40).

"Do not bring us to the time of trial" (Matthew 6:13).
These verses are stating "save us from the coming trials," "do not bring us to the test." They are ways of asking God to guide us through each day; and to help us know what is the right way to follow.

At the close of the day, review the events one by one; with a thankful spirit for those things accomplished and those you fell short of fulfilling. Pray that God will guide you in your shortcomings and follow this meditation with the Lord's Prayer and the prayers of the twelfth hour.
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