I know my fair share of teachers and professors. They share many of the stores no matter where and what level they teach. One of the things that they all share is the age-old story of “can I do extra credit”. It seems that students in all times and in all places share this knack for waiting until the last second to care about their grade.
Typically it happens towards the end of the semester or the marking period. the student realizes that they have a problem. Somehow and someway they have allowed a lot of time to pass and the reality of a final grade is looking. they go to the teacher and plead their case. They profess a change of attitude and swear this never happens to them and many of them can do it with a straight face. They ask if it is possible just this one time to make up some work or do something else to elevate their grade.
It is possible that the teacher may let this happen. However, sometimes the student is told no. They are told there is no possibility of extra credit and it is too late to do anything about the grade. They are stuck being evaluated on the work that they have done.
This is similar to the story we read at the end of chapter 16 in the gospel of Luke, the story of Lazarus and the rich man . This story is a rich man who has died and is trying to negotiate with Father Abraham. He is trying to justify his action when he was alive and trying to get some “extra credit” for good intentions. It doesn’t work, Father Abraham does not take extra credit. It is too late.
This is the reality of life, eventually it does become too late. I believe that we worship a good of multiple chances. We have the ability to turn back many times over. this is what forgiveness looks like and this is what love acts like. However, those chances end when we die. It is too late at that point. There is no do-overs. We will not get another day to make everything right.
Let’s make the most of now. This moment we have no is sacred. It is holy. Live like it matters.
We are in Day 22 of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The first 30 days of readings are listed below.
***End Note ***
First 30 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8
Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12
Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16
Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Tuesday Day 6 Galatians
Wednesday Day 7 Philippians & Colossians
Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians
Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7
Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12
Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18
Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24
Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28
Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9
Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16
Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13
Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8
Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16
Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3
Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7
Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11
Today Saturday Day 22 Luke 12-16
Monday Day 23 Luke 17-21
Tuesday Day 24 Luke 22-24
Wednesday Day 25 Acts 1-6
Thursday Day 26 Acts 7-10
Friday Day 27 Acts 11-16
Saturday Day 28 Acts 17-22
Monday Day 29 Acts 23-28
Tuesday Day 30 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus