Posted: January 15, 2010 in Lessons

Today was the day the 1L class received grades from their first semester. Instead of trickling in one at a time like all the semesters to come, the first set arrives all at once, like ripping the bandage off. I remember that day very well last year and the wide range of emotions it brings across the 200+ member class. I also remember many of my fellow classmates making plans to become inebriated that evening, and I suspect that tradition will continue.

For me, my grades have been trickling in, and I only have one left to see. Two of the grades I’ve received made me very happy (the first two), and two of the grades I’ve received were disappointing (the last two). Once Constitutional Law arrives, I’ll see how I feel overall.

But I’m mostly thinking about the 1L class today. A few will be ecstatic, but most will, well, not be ecstatic. Which is a nice way of saying they will be experiencing varying stages of disappointment.

So my gift today, if any happen to read this, is a few verses I ran across last year from “The Message,” Eugene Peterson’s personal translation of the Bible into modern vernacular. Check ’em out, and if you’ll allow me to be presumptuous, take them to heart:

“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” (Galatians 5: 25-26)

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” (Galatians 6: 4-5)


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