The dreaded thing that [almost] everyone dislikes. It usually takes a lot of time, energy, and patience. Those 3 things have always been hard to come by for me.
When I was younger my energy was a difficult thing for me. I couldn’t sit still. I would twitch and squirm. I would try doodling, but ended up using a whole notebook just on doodles. I could get pass science, history, spelling, grammar, Bible, etc. I loved those. But, then it came to math. Ohh, how totally indifferent math has been for me my whole life.
I couldn’t get the fractions, division, or multiplication. It literally took me forever to get my times tables down. (don’t worry, I got them now. 😉 ) I guess you could say I didn’t want to learn them, so I didn’t. I’d rather be off reading, writing, or playing outside then spend the short time a day studying numbers. I slowly came to see that I did need them..no matter how difficult they were to learn.
So, I chose to work at them rather than give up. It didn’t take long for everything to click into place. I realized if I got the math done, then I could go play. That mentality has changed a bit over the years..but working at it hasn’t. I am now solving Algebra problems..not what 12X5 equals. I also got older, which brings more responsibilities..which takes time. I started to get behind in my algebra. So, last month I did the math (lol!) and saw that if I did a certain amount each day I could finish by May 1st.
I grabbed at the challenge.
So, now I am down to 20 lessons of Algebra. I’ve been eating away at those crazy equations. Of course, I tend to have a headache after 3-4 lessons of math..but I keep on seeing May creeping closer. I see Summer..I see the swimming pool and the garden. I look at my Algebra and tell it that I will be done with it in less than a month. (I only start talking to the computer after I’ve done 6 lessons of math in a day..lol!) I think back to the days of giving up..those days are long gone!
Also, if I meet my goal by May 1st I will be able to go out for ice cream. Now who doesn’t love ice cream!?
Today I encourage you with your toughest subject in school. Whatever it is..you can over come it! Set yourself a goal with a small prize at the end. It doesn’t have to be huge..just something that you actually care about. Say, if you say to yourself that if I can get a good grade on this history test, then I’ll treat myself to go see that movie I’ve been looking forward to. Just remember :
“I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.”