Displace Me

April 29, 2007

Okay, so I went to Displace Me (Invisible Children) with a couple of friends.  It was powerful, humbling and inspiring.  It was also just a great reminder that my world is so small and petty sometimes.  Man!  I have lots to learn and do!   

Anyway, check out what we were apart of.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired to live out the gospel and be a part of doing something for orpans, widows and the millions of the least of these!

Here’s a clip of one of Sam and Jennene’s students’ sister on Fox: http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=6DE369CB19AC8A53FDC5F654B913D253?contentId=3058186&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.  This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” -James 1:26-27

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Jamba Blooper

April 26, 2007

Okay, so today I was with Rick Dennis (one of the best RAs EVER – and a really awesome friend) went to Jamba Juice today.  Here you go:

 (Rick and I are talking about a really serious issue…walking in to the Jamba Juice store up on the Old Road)

Juice Guy:  “Hi may I take your order”?

Rick:  “Ya can I have an original Raspberry”…whatever it is he ordered

Juice Guy:  “And you?”

Me:  “Ya, can I get a sixteen Orange A Peel”?

Juice Guy:  “That’ll be…” however much it was.

(I hand him my card and pay for the drinks)

(Rick and I walk away for the north door and I get a phone call from Travis Dalton…as I answer my cell, I vicariously move over to the counter…keep in mind I’m excited to answer this call, Rick and I are in the middle of our conversation, I notice two drinks on the counter – one is an original and the other a sixteen.  I proceed to answer the phone, grab the sixteen oz. and stick the straw in my mouth and begin to drink.  Then I notice that the drink that I just sipped with my mouth was NOT an Orange-A-Peel (I know I felt like there were cameras in the room).  Instead of saying anything, I drink again just to make sure, then:

Me:  “Is this an Orange-A-Peel”?

Juice Guy #2:  “Umm…I don’t know”

(I’m thinking, ‘How do you not know, didn’t you just make this?’)

(I proceed to take another sip…finally convinced its not an Orange-A-Peel…as if the other attempts didn’t put that into question, I know…I’m an idiot). 

(Now, Rick and I are laughing, and I’m laughing really hard and very shocked and kind of proud of a very “The Office” type of scenario…that I just created). 

It was funny, cool and really funny!

In the end, neither one of those drinks were mine or Rick’s.  We eventually got our drinks and then:

Me:  “What are you going to do with that drink?” (the drink I sipped like 500 times before I was convinced that it was NOT my drink). 

Juice Guy #2:  “Umm…I’m just gonna toss it”

Me:  “Can I just have it?  I already drank out of it”? (No shame I know)

Juice Guy #2:  “Yeah, sure.  Go ahead!”

So, I ended up with 3 Jamba Juices for the price of 2.  Yes!!! 

Lesson here?  Before you take a sip of a drink you “think” is yours, make sure you’re actually paying attention to what you’re doing…pretty much don’t be stupid like me.  It’s okay it makes for a really funny memory with a really good friend!

Sometimes I tend to think that what I get to do as an RD is “more than” what the “average” Christian should be doing.  For example, am I not suppose to love people, pursue them, confront them when in sin or even confront immaturity?  How about the frequent lapse of communication or even the complete mess of communication?  And then there’s the confession, repentence and forgiveness process – that can be really awesome, other times really taxing?  Then there’s my pursuit of the Lord in a love relationship that can only be guided and understood through the Bible and by the faithful working of the Holy Spirit…isn’t that cultivation still a part of the life of  the Christian, apart from ministry?  or people? or a dorm?  Yes, it is!  But I don’t want to think that life outside of this (amazing) environment is valued less, I think that sometimes, arrogant, I know.  However, I do understand that my time here as an RD is an intense, compact of all of the above.  Those of you who have attended Master’s or have been an RD yourself know what I’m talking about…or I could be making this up??? 

Anyway, I know who my God is and He defetiniatly is the rock upon which I stand.  But if those of you outside of this place know me (and I know some of you know me more than you’d like to)…pls remember me and the rest of the RDs – sometimes finishing well is well beyond our reach – but attainable I know.  I was reminded from Gunner’s recent post  that it is really nice to be reminded about who God is and what He is doing.  We all need these reminders.  I love being an RD and why I get to be one, I just forget sometimes.  Just help me be reminded that its not “more than” or “less than” what we’re all called to as Christians – just maybe really intense! 

Have a good day!

Thanks, I will.

Weekend Updates

April 24, 2007

Here’s what happened this weekend:

  • had dinner with Sam on Friday
  • Chapel Band sang Saturday morning for Admitted Students Day
  • went to the Dogder game with the Maddox family Saturday night 
  • Sunday I went to the Hunington Library with Rick, Becca and Phil (so much fun…what great company!!!)
  • finalized my new RA Team (yep, happens to me every year):  Jared Foy, Casey Jenison, Chris Travis and Josh Beakley…I know, me and RA Teams… what the heck!  That’s okay, I really rejoice in that because that just reminds me that I am not God!
  • Gunner came back yesterday…it really is good to see him! 
  • making plans for Displace Me this weekend…check it out:  www.invisiblechildren.com
  • Here’s a random fact, I want to do missions!!!  I’ve never been so sure of that than now, interesting.  Until then, I gotta be faithful now and labor hard where I am and who I am with. 
  • Kyle’s getting married next week!!!  Yey!

k, gotta go!

Yey for MOM!

April 23, 2007

Happy Birthday MOM!!!  Love you a lot, hope you like your flowers!!!

Ok, lets just take this moment to share a bit of goodness about my mom:

  1. She’s amazing
  2. She’s faithful
  3. She’s loyal
  4. She’s quiet
  5. She’s hard working
  6. She’s hospitable
  7. She doesn’t complain
  8. She’s generous
  9. She’s easy going
  10. She’s not high maintenance
  11. She’s funny
  12. She’s humble
  13. She’s a dang good cook
  14. She’s steady
  15. She’s long suffering
  16. She’s understanding
  17. She’s reliable
  18. She’s good company
  19. She’s godly…so much more
  20. She’s beautiful!
  21. She’s the best mom EVER!!!

Happy Things!!!

April 19, 2007

I am so happy about a number of things, here they are:

  1. God’s Word: Matt. 16:24-27 – I pray that I lose my life for the sake of Christ!
  2. Tonight I have my combined RA meeting (current and new staff). 
  3. I’m very happy about my new RA staff, here they are:  Jared Foy, Josh Ward, Chris Travis & Josh Beakley! 
  4. Jake Dennis asked me to be a grooms man (or is it groom’s man/groomsmen???) in his wedding…YEY!!!  That’s number three this summer….yep, this summer.  I’m also a grooms-men(??) in Kyle Jenison’s wedding as well as Tyler Flower’s wedding….soooooo FUN!!! 
  5. I’m happy about spending time with Mom this weekend, its her birthday next Monday!!! 
  6. I’m happy about the semester coming to a close in just 3 weeks….AHHHHH!
  7. I’m really happy for Pastor Bob and his message on Sunday…learning tons though about contentment, namely that I don’t have it but I want it!
  8. I’m happy about the people in my life – they come and go but I am happy for the ones that stay!

Zane!

April 17, 2007

Hoorah!!!  Happy Birthday to Zane!  Today’s Zane’s 24th B-Day!!!  Yey!!!

Caught One!

April 16, 2007

Everyone welcome Becca Boone to the blog world! 

Hotchkiss!!!

April 16, 2007

This weekend was cool!  It was our last Hotchkiss Dorm event of 2006-2007…it was the Hotchkiss Annual Luau.  It was so awesome.  How can I ask for a better dorm?  I can’t, I’m already here! 

So many guys came…all the way to Dockweiler Beach!  It was so stinkin’ hillarious!  Games, games, food, Clumps, games, laughs, laughs and more laughs!!!  It was great!

Then…hung out with some guys Sunday, then…came back from Chapel Band rehearsal this morning and the sewer backed up and flooded into the hall and some rooms.  That isn’t anyone’s favorite!  Oh well…with all that’s gone on here this semester (and still), I’m sure we’ll get through it!

Saw and hung out with Seth, then hung out with Billy, talked with Tim and….. I pulled an all nighter with one of my guys at Denny’s…good memories!

HOTCHKISS!!!

The other day, someone told me that I should live more balanced.  I looked at him and thought, Why would I want to do that?…I thought that before I said, “I don’t want to live balanced, I want to live radically and extreme for the Lord.”  I don’t know what that all entails but I sure do know that it’s not the way I’m living now.  I also know that there’s nothing balanced about Christ, His life, His death, His resurrection, His return, His Word and His Spirit…what about His people?  In light of that, I don’t want to live balanced.  Yes, I have a lot to work on and yes, I have a lot to grow in.  So, I don’t want “balance” to be my goal if it means I start compromising the reality of the gospel, and that’s usually what happens.   

So, here’s the deal.  Let’s not talk too much about christianity or talk too much about excuse after excuse where we just blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…let’s actually do it and radically live it!  C’mon lets stop making excuses for why we’re not what we’re called to be!  Living a balanced life is way too easy and comfortable.  I want to die tired, not balanced and for the record, I want to live that way as well.