feels really good to stretch my blogging legs again. it’s been a while, and lots of my absence was due to this being the most intense semester i’ve ever experienced. there is never a time when i don’t have anything that needs to get done, including right now. sometimes i get in this mindset that it’s hard to justify something like blogging when i have two or three projects that are perpetually due the following week. which is really unfortunate, because i need to be writing way more often if i’m going to stay sane.
rather than try to cram in the last month and a half in one blog post, let me just do the highlights.
1.) youth group stuff has been great. i love those guys. this semester i’ve spent an unusual amount of time away from muncie on the weekends, but when i’m able to be there i always have a blast. we had a high school hang out night a while ago, and reule ended up getting all prettied up in order to avoid having to move back a few spaces (the game was quelf, naturally).
my favorite part might have been the fact that the moment was immortalized by about half a dozen smart phones and devices. this is not what my youth group was like when i was in high school.
we also had the junior high retreat in february, which was a blast. didn’t take any pictures, but that was because our focus was completely on making a brilliant (but probably misunderstood) movie parody of… a weird camp movie that adam had showed us a while back. if you watch it, don’t expect it to make sense. but it was fun. just like the high school retreat, it was so awesome getting to know some of the guys i hadn’t known that well before.
2.) spring break happened! for those of you who don’t know, i was not able to go to east asia and decided to stay home. i’ll be writing more on that later, but the good news is that the Lord totally blessed my decision to be home. got to spend some quality time with mom, dad, and emily. mom and i went on a date 🙂
got to hang out with some of my best friends, christian, dylan, and eric when our breaks overlapped (they caught me up on some sports phrases i could use while we were at old chicago), got breakfast with craig, hung out with owen, and got some great insight on what getting a master’s in social work looks like. early on i even got to babysit with em. things got a little crazy. we had a nerf gun war. no big deal.
it was probably the best spring break i’ve had. full of homework and deadlines, yes, but also full of people i loved and things i loved to do. God was good.
3.) camp should basically be here already. i am one of the brave coordinators for the summer, and i am beyond excited! my partner, kellie, is the perfect partner. she and i are similar enough that working with her will be easy and collaborating will be (well, has already been) ideal, but different enough that we’ll both be bringing stuff to the table. i’m stoked to be working with her and the rest of the river village leadership staff. and the rest of camp. i can already tell this summer is going to be special. expect more on this later.
4.) school. as i said, this semester has been really intense. lots of classes that demand my full attention, along with a job. it’s been crazy, but the Lord has been faithful in providing time and energy to get everything done. i have an online class that ends in two weeks, and i can’t wait. can not wait.
5.) ministry has been really cool. it’s so encouraging to see people grow and be excited about jesus. God is good, and He is totally in control. at servant team last night we were talking about how easy it is to feel like with these last six or seven weeks of school, there’s not a lot we can do in terms of ministry. but then vince opened up hebrews 11 and 12 for us, and spoke about perseverance. chapter 11 outlines a ton of biblical figures that God used to accomplish great things because of their faith, and chapter 12 starts by referencing them:
“therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God. for consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” –hebrews 12:1-3
a good reminder that our eyes should be fixed on Jesus… not on our own selves, not on our future goals. on Jesus. that’s where strength comes from. it is because of Him and what He did on the cross that we can take heart and be encouraged.
and that’s good for any day.