This is going to be a great Christmas break!
Just a guy finding his place in the world.
This is going to be a great Christmas break!
Family party before the wedding tomorrow! I’m excited!
Photo from Cornerstone last night!
One year ago today I made the best decision of my life! I have made so many memories the past year and I look forward to making so many more!
I know this photo is old but these guys are the reason I love Thursdays. #Spann
The past few months of my life have been some of the most amazing months of my life. Over the span of the past few months I have probably made 20+ new friends and I love all of them. God has blessed me with amazing people in my life. Last weekend I got baptized almost a year after I accepted God as my savior. A few weeks ago I went on a Fall retreat with the BCM here. It was nice to get away from the craziness college has been the past few months for one weekend. The retreat was based around Spring and Summer missions and it was one of the most powerful and inspirational weekends I have had in my life. After the weekend I felt that God was calling me to serve on a mission trip over Spring break in a few months. After thinking about all of the mission opportunities I could have the chance to go on I decided that I wanted to try to spend my Spring break serving on Beach Reach. Going on a mission over Spring break is something I need to talk to my parents about. I will let you guys know whether that ends up working out or not. I’m praying that it does!
Throughout this semester I have been serving on the Noonday Committee for the BCM. Every Thursday at 12 the BCM serves a free meal to college students and has a devotion while everyone is eating. Through serving on the Noonday Committee this semester I have made friendships that will last for a lifetime. God has blessed me with an amazing Noonday Committee. Serving with them every Thursday is something I look forward to doing every week.
In 18 days my older sister gets married. I am really excited for her wedding but at the same also really nervous about it. Her wedding will be the first that I have ever been too my whole life. But I am looking forward to getting to see all of my family again and spend a few days in Florida over my Thanksgiving break.
As this semester is coming to a close I have had some time to thing about everything that has happened. I realized this semester how God has blessed me with so many things in my life. Whether it be friendships or the atmosphere he put me in both have been amazing things in my life the past few months. This semester caused me to force myself to think about how I can use things I’m good at and enjoy doing to serve God. One of the biggest things I began realizing as I made my way through my semester was that I have a servants heart. I love making a difference in peoples lives and it is something I try to do on a regular basis. I never realized how much of an impact I have had on people until this semester.
I’m so thankful for everything that God has taught me over the past semester and everything he has blessed me with. I don’t deserve any of the amazing things God does in my life. I love everyone here so much and all of you have a huge impact on my life whether you realize it or not.
Had an amazing weekend camping with friends!
Whoa, I was watching this today and as clichè as this sounds, it really spoke to me! Here I was, as usual, insecure and unhappy about myself and this reminded me that we, you and me, are God’s masterpiece. What really resonated with me is when he says “how dare you call yourself worthless when he says you are priceless” and when he says ‘God doesn’t refuse us or accuse us.’ Most of the time, I refuse forgiveness because I feel filthy and dirty and this reminds me of his promise - “even if we’ve messed up, He can still use us”
My most favourite part of this whole video is when he says “You are God’s poetry”. At that point when watching the video, all the insecurity, self-hate comments about myself melted away and I was left feeling special. To be someone’s poetry. Scratch that, the thought of being the Creator’s poetry make me feel ‘priceless’.
In my English class, when I wrote a poem, I was so proud of it. I rhymed all the words, it made sense and I thought ‘Wow! I love this poem and I think this is the best and even if my teacher didn’t think so, I think this poem is good!” The thought of God having somewhat the same feeling of me, like I had with my poem, makes me feel beyond priceless.
So thank you Jefferson Bethke for reminding me that I am God’s masterpiece!
I know we’ve just met and you’ve been watching this video for all of two seconds now, but I have a serious and personal question I want to ask you: What’s that one thing in your life that no one knows about? Or what’s that particular area in your heart that you spend almost all your energy trying to hide? When I ask myself that question a big thing that comes to my mind is my struggle with loneliness; or I try to hide those days when I really don’t feel inclined to follow Jesus because well, I make videos that tell other people about following Jesus, so that’s not okay. Or a big thing I don’t like people knowing is that sometimes I stay up all night terrified that I’m going to be a failure at being a husband or a father. See we all live behind these propped up versions of ourselves. Masking the shame, putting band-aids on the guilt or trying to suffocate the temptations All by ourselves. The problem though is that we weren’t created to do it all by ourselves. To be truly human is to be truly known, and somebody who hides can’t be known. We were created to need each other, to be honest with each other, encourage each other and to love each other. And think about it, that only happens when we are open with each other. I mean think about it, the paradox of the American culture, is we’re more connected than we’ve ever been. Only in 2013 can we tell what all our friends have had for lunch that day all across the world. But we are also the most disconnected, the most fragmented, splinted, cropped and edited people in history.