Some of my students had two-hour delays today, while others were on time today. Oh, the joys of teaching in an unconventional school with students that attend from multiple districts.
I was talking about goal-setting to some of my students who were present in class ‘early’ today, and I mentioned that I was training for my second marathon. They asked to see the course I would run, so I showed them this video. Many of them proclaimed that I was crazy and that they couldn’t run a mile, and that they got bored watching the hyperlapse video so how the heck could I stay entertained running it real-time. I chuckled and told them that I agreed with many of their sentiments, but I also told them that I learned a lot more about myself training for marathons and increasing my perseverance than the actual running of the marathon itself.
And I suppose that’s the true lesson of religion itself. It’s hopefully going to be awhile before most of us see heaven, so what do we do in the meantime? We can’t just sit here and say “I’m preparing for heaven, nothing to do now.” We behave as all Christians should and emulate Jesus’s feet on this earth. We feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and love the unloved. This is our ‘training’ for heaven, and our training has a very real impact in the neighborhoods we call home.