It seemed like a good idea at the time…
I’m taking Johanine Literature* at FSM right now. One of our assignments for the class is an “Encountering Jesus” presentation. We pick a person from the Gospel of John who had a direct, face-to-face encounter with Christ, and then do two things: 1) Write an 800-word paper about the event, relating it to our own personal walk with Christ, and 2) present our findings in a 5-7 minute oral presentation in front of class.
In order to accommodate all the students, as well as to still have time in class for the lectures, we are going have two people a day present their work. Starting Wednesday. Which is tomorrow.
Rich (our instructor), pleaded for two people to sign up for the first presentation, saying he was looking for a couple of people with a Marine mentality… “The few, the proud…” …er, I mean, “the humble…”
I knew that nobody would want that first spot. I also knew that, were I to take one of the last days of presentation, I would probably be so swamped in editing our commentary that I wouldn’t end up preparing very much more for it than if I signed up for the first day. And if I got it out of the way at the beginning, it wouldn’t be hanging over my head for the entire module.
I signed up on a bit of an impulse. No guts, no glory, right? What could it hurt to try?
…Did I mention it’s due tomorrow?
So I’m staring at my half-finished paper, only moderately confident that by tomorrow it will be a whole finished paper, let alone a whole finished paper that is actually worth talking about in front of class. But it’s all good; “what does not kill me makes me stronger.”
Truthfully, I’m pretty optimistic about it. But I am feeling the crunch. I’ll be presenting it at about 3:00pm CST tomorrow, so if you think of me between now and then, feel free to toss up a little 30-second prayer for me.
Update will follow. I’m planning on posting my paper up here if it turns out to be worth reading…
*Johanine Literature = The books of the Bible written by the Apostle John. The Gospel of John; 1, 2, and 3 John; Revelation.