Addie Symonds is one of my favorite young people in the world. She was in my Gospels class last year as a junior and this year, her brother, Will, has the same class.. Addie has a heart of gold and when she told me about something that happened in the last week, I asked her to put it into a blog. This is her finished product. Sometimes I teach my students. More often, they teach me.
When I was in eleventh grade, I was the soccer manager for the WCS Lady Wildcats. As manager, my primary responsibilities were to set up and take down the equipment. In between the start and end of practice, I was free to do whatever I wanted which usually consisted of sitting on the bleachers doing my homework. Everyday before practice, Coach Patterson makes his players run laps around the field. One day Chloe Berglund had a late start and was running behind. The rest of the team had finished but she still had a couple of laps to go. Chloe asked me to run the rest of the laps with her but I wasn’t really dressed to run. As much as I like running, it was a lot more appealing to just sit on the bleachers. So, I said no and she had to finish the laps by herself. I didn’t really think much of it at the time but the next day in Coach Hawley’s class, we were reading the Sermon On The Mount. I came across a verse that made me rethink my actions on the previous day. In Matthew 5:41 Jesus says
“And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
I hadn’t gone any miles. I felt bad about it and it made me think about my actions. I realized I had missed a valuable opportunity to do what Jesus tells us to do.
Applicable quote of the day: “Success begins at extra mile.”
― Yuikan Shirik
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