FRIEND OR FOE?


20th.January, 2018 “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life” – Buddha

Our diverse religions have grown to become the sine qua non for our lifestyle in the 21st century. Whether we like it or not, our religion is a major guide to how we speak and act, what we eat, where we go, who we associate with and why we do things.

Apart from the conflicts which arose in the past due to our religious differences in quite a number of countries across the world, a religious life has brought with it a lot of merits to Africa. Religion convinced us that there is an invisible being who watches over everything we do. It has quickened a desire in man to search for spiritual development, spiritual knowledge on things we usually would have ignored or explained with superstition. It gave us an experience of what was beyond

the limits of our human cognition, dexterity, sentimentality and perception. Above all, it has had a way of reminding us of the common life we shared with our fellow worshippers as it created a sense of unity among our fellow brethren and encouraged men to exercise sacrificial love for one another.

To be frank, achieving this state of religious life comes with a certain level of zeal, an unquenching desire to be spiritually developed, uttermost dedication and most especially available time. Something arguably not a sufficient, renewable commodity for any student who wishes to make headways academically on campus. It is beyond reasonable doubt that our parents pay our fees and provide us the resources to be able to stay on campus solely because of our academics and living a strong religious life on campus calls for nothing less than the outside world. Talking in the context as a Christian, it is required in having consistency in finding daily time to meditate on the scripture and pray, attending weekly fellowship meetings, engaging oneself in the activities of the church and availing yourself for responsibilities in the work of the church.

This ordeal has caused many to wonder if having such a religious life is worth having at this stage. Should it be a priority at this stage of our lives? Is a religious life on campus a friend or foe to our academics? The answer is not far-fetched.

Fellow readers, some might say you’ve reached the point in life where you need to start getting used to stuffs like “sacrifice” and “compromise” if you really want to get things going for you but I believe the answer to all these mind bugging questions depends on you. Throwing more light onto this matter, I believe optimistically that you are the ninety-nine

percent reason why your religious life can either become a very good friend or a foe to your academics. The honest truth is that many students can boast of a very good academic standing in their various field of study as well as a healthy religious life on campus. They never had two or three heads. They have the same head as those who are struggling to keep both working out for them without one frustrating the progress of the other. So, what could be the big secret? If you ask me, it

all balls down to time management. How we manage our time is crucial to any success story to be told. And if you want to be telling a similar story anytime soon, you should be developing the ability to make space for the things which are

good, seemingly important and necessary in your life within the limit of your strength knowing well your weakness. Having a fair idea of your strength and weakness helps you to plan effectively for your academics when you are free from any religious schedule. For example, knowing you are average student prompts you to join efficient study groups with people you know to have a fair grasp of the concepts you are finding it difficult to understand. It is pertinent in avoiding the ordeal where your religious life could be a barrier for your academics.

To conclude with, it is established that your religious life on campus can never be a foe to your academics unless you let it be.

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