There is another dynamic at work in the process of growth. In relationships, “quality time only comes out of a quantity of time.” Not the easiest truth for soon to be lawyers, but a genuine fact of people is that you cannot sit down for five minutes and expect those isolated minutes to yield a quality relationship. Spending an evening with a friend may result in five quality minutes. Relationships are built through a quantity of time, provided you capture and explore the quality moments that get sprinkled in.
So where does this leave us? Growth takes effort and relationships take time. Time and Focus are our two most precious assets in law school; mainly because they feel so scarce and so over taxed. Time and Focus are easy when hanging out with friends you enjoy and while engaged in activities you love, but are hard to muster on a daily basis.
Consider your time and focus as they relate to your spiritual life. Are you contributing the inputs required and are you getting the results. If so- wonderful!! If not- ask God for further desire. As was stated in part I, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13
Alternative example: At the gym, getting past a lifting plateau is tough. You have to push the weight to what feels like an exponentially greater degree to break into a new level. Lifting the same weight you did last week will not get you through the plateau, there must be greater focus to change the status quo.