I had a biology paper due the day before Thanksgiving break.
Since I really couldn’t have cared less about biology (I still don’t), I just wanted the paper done.
So, I did what any other upstanding, future ministry leader, freshman college student would do…
I downloaded a paper off of the internet.
Since I did have a brain in my head and knew what was at stake, I went the extra mile and even edited the paper to make it sound more like myself.
Apparently, I wasn’t as smart as I thought.
I turned the paper in the day before Thanksgiving and had to worry about getting caught for the entire Thanksgiving break.
It was the worst day of thanks I’ve ever had.
As much as I always disliked school, this Thanksgiving break wasn’t any better.
I was constantly checking my grade online throughout the break.
I tell you all of this for a purpose.
Not really anything mind bending,
If we do the right thing, we never have to worry about getting caught.
Seriously, if most of us spent as much time working hard on doing things right as we do on trying to cover up our own laziness,
we’d have a lot less worry and a lot more free time.
- We tell lies to keep from telling the truth.
- We take short cuts instead of doing the work right.
- We manipulate instead of resolving.
- We avoid instead of confronting.
Here’s my challenge to both of us as we get ready for Thanksgiving…
Do what you do the right way.
We can avoid the consequences that come with doing things the wrong way.
BTW: I did get caught by a very gracious professor that didn’t turn me in and gave me a second chance. The rewrite probably took less time and work than the editing of the other paper…