Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 29, 2011

Lauren Pogge

Sophomore, Accounting Major, Spanish Minor

Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29
Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18
Lk 14:1, 7-11

As I sit here reading today’s scripture, all I can think of is human flaws. When I say flaws, I don’t mean having physical flaws; I'm more referring to the poor choices we make as humans who sin. I can say from my own experience that sometimes the fall hurts more than others. We try to do the things that we think will make us happy, just to find out that they won’t and we've made others unhappy as well. While we as humans tend to overthink our past actions, we must not put so much pressure on ourselves. I am not saying that we should not feel remorse for our poor choices, but rather learn from them. It does not do to dwell in the past.

I can easily attest to being an overthinker. I constantly wonder whether or not I am doing the right thing. This past week, I have been stressed; between tests, papers, projects, Greek life, and interviews I haven’t had the time to just relax. Because of this lack of time, I have not been as great of a friend and some of my obligations have slid by the wayside. For example: I know that intramural volleyball is not the reason why I am attending Creighton, but that does not mean it is any less important to me to miss a game. Tonight as I am writing this I am letting one of my best friends down by having too much homework and too many tests tomorrow. Because I feel horrible about it, I am having issues doing my homework to the best of my abilities.

 My friend told me not to worry about it, but it makes me not want to miss even more. Especially after she said 'I love you'; I know just how lucky I am to have such good friends. The reading explains that even when we fall, we always have a chance to stand back up. Granted, sometimes we need a little help getting back on our feet. The point I am trying to make is that we choose to get back up…to get back in the fight. God is always there to help us up. He is like a teammate on an intramural team, while some may not think spending an hour with him is worth their time for whatever reason, he still will love them. He may not be as happy about it, and there may be some negative consequences, but there are multiple games left so the season is not over. So to some, missing a game may not be a big deal or not matter. Maybe once is ok, but if I were to miss consistently over and over again, I doubt my friend would be very happy with me and it would take time to make it up to her and show her that I am a changed woman and will put forth better effort towards our friendship. The same goes with God: he is one of my best friends and sometimes I blow him off because I have too many other priorities that I feel take precedence in my life at this time.

God understands that humans tend to try to plan everything down to a tee. I am an over-planner; I love having a game plan for each day. Some may call it weird; I call it organized and efficient. As much as I try to plan for everything, though, I usually end up receiving a few curve balls each day. God probably is quite entertained by watching my struggle to try and avoid curve balls all together. It just goes to show that no matter what you do, humans are bound to make mistakes. For example; take a mother and a son. The mom has just finished cleaning the house and in the five minutes it takes for her to answer the door, the little boy has proceeded to use Mommy’s Sharpie and decorate the wall over the wall paper. While she may be extremely upset, she is not going to love her son any less. She will teach him about right and wrong and the best ways to do things etc. God is just like that, a nurturing parent and friend that is willing to help guide and love us. This is terribly stressful, but you know what, I  know that I have a great support system so I am not worried at all.

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