Transition

I am in a period of transition and that in itself is generally not much fun. This first hit home to me right after I graduated from college. I had three weeks between graduating and going to my camp to work for the summer and those weeks were pretty nerve-wracking to be honest. I was done college and an official adult. I didn’t know I was going to South Africa yet, so after camp my life was a big abyss of the unknown. I had no safe dorm room to enjoy come the fall and no job to occupy myself during the day. I sat around and didn’t do much.

Once camp started and South Africa was confirmed, things fell into place great but here I am in another, longer, period of transition. I have been home almost 3 months and still have 4+ until my next long-term stint overseas. I have a part-time job which I am thankful for but only keeps me busy 3-4 days a week and isn’t too satisfying long-term. What’s also hard is I’m pretty independent. I don’t want to be living (mooching off of?) with my parents. I’m an adult and I want to embrace that and get on with my own life. One good thing is until April at least I have the marathon to train for. It’s not always fun, but running does get me out of the house everyday stating healthy.

What I am finding is that I need to humble myself and to put it bluntly suck it up until training for the Czech Republic starts. I am tremendously excited to go and God has blessed me with this long period of time not to just sit around and mope but to be productive and to prepare. One thing I took away from my year with Thrive  was to live my life much more intentionally, to purposely look for opportunities to bless others.

It’s not very easy, especially being who I am personality-wise but God has blessed me immensely and will continue to. Transition is a part of life. What we do with it is up to us.

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What am I Doing Until I Go?

Surprising even myself I have been reasonably busy lately. That has kept me from getting to this but here is an update on what I am doing until I head out to training in late July.

When I got back from Florida, I started my new job for the next 4-6+ months at a local convenience store called Honey Farms. It’s nothing special but I get free coffee, over 30 hours a week of work and I’m able to save some money while I’m in the states. Given the present economy I am very thankful for it.

I am also training for the Boston Marathon which is April 20th. The weather doesn’t make it easy but I’m trying to be diligent with my training and will be up to doing a 12-mile run this Sunday. At the moment I feel healthy and good about it though.

I am also raising money for my time in the Czech Republic. The past week I have been putting together and mailing out support letters. I am excited to report I am already getting responses but realize there is a long path of prayer and work ahead of me. If you would like to discuss supporting me and how best to do that and are in the Massachusetts area the next few months please contact me. I would love to meet with you!

So I’m staying busy. Being home doesn’t quite match the extreme scheducle or excitement of being overseas but its nice and I’m glad I’m here.

Church

Disclaimer: I realize that when one writes excitedly about religion they can sound absurdly holy. Please understand that no matter how excited I may get about my faith at times, I am decidedly normal and as sinful as anyone else. We all need Jesus equally. Please keep this in mind for any future entries.

I’ve been home about two months and haven’t wrriten many entries. Here’s another.

I went to church on Sunday. And it was good. A lot of people often question the whole neccesity of church. Can’t you be a christian without going to a “special” building once a week? Isn’t it all about your own “personal” relationship with God? I have to admit there have been many sundays where I have questioned the whole getting up before ten thing myself.

I can’t (and don’t want to) get into the whole historical and theological idea behind church but here’s what I got. I often find church to be tremendously refreshing compared to the stuff that generally goes on in one’s life throughout a whole week in this world. This first hit home to me in college where after a week of training, classes, tests, stress and secularism I could spend an hour with people who had higher priorities and who were really nice. After my time at church I would feel better about the rest of the day.

Church this past Sunday was really good too. The worship was really good and that’s saying a lot for a person who prefers the sermons in general. The sermon was great too. My pastor gave a solid biblical message and even challenged the congregation in a way that I’m sure ruffled a few feathers. He didn’t say anything heretical or make us feel guilty he just sought to hold us as a body of Christ to a lofty standard we had set for ourselves. It was really good. I can’t explain it all but I’m glad I go to a nondenominational church.

To be clear, church isn’t all about being happy and joyful. We are called to be servants and dedicated to Jesus whether that is easy or not, but I honestly cannot think of a better way than church for Christians to stay strong in the Lord and do his work on this planet.