There is something I have noticed about myself while here at Link Year. It's not something I'm particularly proud of but it is something that I can learn from, which is always nice. What I am talking about is a little thing called “apathy”. Now apathy in and of itself is not a bad thing. It's just an emotion. The key to whether or not it becomes bad or good is the object of this apathy. The problem is my object of this apathy tends to go towards getting in the scriptures every morning. I am sort of complacent with where I am in my walk with Christ and don't have the desire to learn like I have in the past. With the way I was raised and the education I've been blessed with I know more than the average Christian. I don't mean this in a prideful way, but from what I've heard, been told, and seen it's true.
 I've noticed for me it's much easier to make excuses and not dive into the Word because I am being taught it Tuesday-Friday and see people around me living it 24/7. Why should I spend my own personal time in it when that time can be put into sleeping longer? I need my rest is what I tell myself. It's biblical to rest so I should just do that. Excuses, they are all flying around my head whenever I wake up to my alarm and put it to a later time so I can sleep and not read the Bible. 
 Here is something that is great about Link Year though, accountability. If I am struggling to read consistently, I can just go tell someone and they will hold me to it and check up on me. This is fantastic. Without accountability in my life, I'd be nowhere close to where I am in my relationship with Christ. But there is another way to get rid of this apathy; prayer. It sounds simple but it is a great answer. The more and more your life is a life of prayer, the more you'll see your desires change. I want my desires to change from wanting sleep to wanting Christ. It's really a test but I know that through this perseverance, I am growing and it's going to be good for me. That is another great thing about Link Year, it takes you out of your comfort zone and pushes you. Whether it's the community around challenging you or your internal struggles, it's creating character which creates hope (Romans 5:3-5). I look forward to more stretching periods in my time here at Link Year and I know there are others around me who I can go to for help, but best of all, I can ask Jesus for the strength. 
- Timothy Wright