When I drive to class in the mornings, sometimes my mind wanders. You know how it is, there is a familiar route, and your body just knows what to do. I start my morning prayers, and then let Jesus lead me where He wills. So this morning on my way to my 8am for whatever reason I became very nostalgic, and thought back to my freshman year. One of the things I looked forward to about becoming an upper classman was being able to whoop*. (see Aggie Dictionary below for term definitions) It might seem small, but to me it was a big deal, all of that waiting anxiously for the day when it would finally be my turn. The few times I was given jp* or zp’s* were fantastic, giving me a little taste of what it would be like to whoop whenever I wanted to. Then finally came the day when I would whoop whenever I wanted. It was such a joyful experience to finally get to participate in the Aggie community in a deeper way. Not only that, but I get to whoop for the rest of my life! What was two years of waiting compared to the rest of my life?
As I was thinking of all of this, Jesus struck me with a little revelation: Whooping is like heaven. Now, hear me out. We are here now, to know, love, and serve the Lord, and to be loved. He has given each of us a special mission that only we can fulfill, and a relationship with us that is unique and unrepeatable. We are made for eternity with Him, and until we get to heaven we only get a few small glimpses – adoration, the mass, the sacraments. Little tastes of heaven. Yet our life is so small compared to forever. How long is an 80 year wait compared to forever? It’s like nothing. Sort of like waiting to whoop! See where I’m going?
Sometimes when things get difficult I just want to give up. It doesn’t seem worth it, you know? Why should I suffer and try and try if there’s no immediate reward? I don’t have the stamina to do that for a whole life! That’s way too much. “This saying is hard, who can hear it?” The world tells me again and again life should be easy, effortless. And yet every time I find myself in this mood, I hear Jesus say “What is a few years compared to eternity?” Sure, it was hard not to whoop at my class year or when something great happened, or at mass (WHOOP!), but really waiting and being obedient to traditions, no matter how small, taught me so much, and made being able to whoop so much more meaningful.
Jesus never promised to ask small things from us. He never promised life would be easy. The only promise He gives is an eternity with Him, an eternity of happiness when we persevere now. My favorite bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13, which says: “No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” He straight up says it won’t be easy, but He’ll be here with us every step of the way. And like I said earlier, He gives us little tastes of Heaven in the sacraments, especially in the mass, and in adoration, to give us a little boost in the right direction. An eternity of joy with The Lover of my soul is worth persevering a few years for. And that’s enough to Whoop for.
- Whoop: Aggie upperclassmen and graduates will often say “Whoop!” as an expression of approval or excitement. It is most often used at the end of an Aggie yell. Underclassmen are not supposed to say the word until they have reached either junior or senior status. (Source: https://www.tamu.edu/traditions/aggie-culture/aggie-terminology/)
- JP – Junior privileges; permission to do the junior class wildcat*.
- ZP – Senior privileges; permission to do the senior class wildcat.
- Wildcat: expressions of class pride and school spirit (via yelling), unique to each class. (Source: http://www.thebatt.com/life-arts/what-s-your-wildcat/article_560a4d26-243f-11e5-b03a-477ac00a1820.html)