Question for everyone:

How many of you all have heard of the Coalition for Christian Outreach? I’m seriously considering applying there post-graduation, especially if I decide to stay with the Higher Ed track (which is looking more and more the case). But I’d love to get some feedback from all of you to figure out the general feel of it.

Biggest thing Adam Anderson has learned this week

Forgiveness is not always an easy thing. It’s so easy to allow ourselves to get buried in our on frustrations and our own personal feelings and not let ourselves focus on God’s way. I had a problem with that this week. I almost let myself get really upset over a situation and allow to cause more problems than it was ever worth. But as time goes along, the whole concept of trying at all time thinking about what God would ask us to do pays off. Because when push comes to shove, God helps you remember these things. And I thought to myself in my frustration “Where is God’s ministy in this?” and there it was.

As this year goes on, I’m seeing God as this incredible loving being in my life. He’s not always kind, but He’s fair and loving, and that makes everything worth it.

Bible Study is going real well on the hall, too. Guys are opening up and being honest with each other, and not monopolizing conversation, which is great. We struck out on a challenge this week, and I think guys really are trying – I know I am.

Class is over, more later, pnl.

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Horriffic Lyrics, but mmmmmmmmm good song time:

I like things that are so good. you are so so good.
I like you. but I am the underdog, I am the last in line.
Don’t be the enemy, don’t stand in back of me.
Freezing, boring, wondering where I’ll be on my birthday.
You kissed me in a dream last night, how could I
I wouldn’t know, ’cause I am the underdog.
I am the last in line.
Don’t be the enemy, don’t stand in back of me.
Will you be my friend?
Now I understand, that I more than like you.
I am the underdog I am the last in line.
Don’t be the enemy, don’t stand in back of me.
Lalala da-dah
I am the underdog. I am the last in line.
Don’t be the enemy, don’t stand in back of me.
I am the underdog. I am the last in line.
Don’t be the enemy, don’t be the enemy.
Hmmmmmm
I like things that are so good, you are so so good.

In Macro with Herbie

I enjoy this class. It’s one of those things, however, that I’m pleased that I’m taking as a senior as opposed to many of the freshman in the class. Which brings me to the topic for today…

Adam and I had a good conversation about this yesterday (and as a sidenote, I’m really enjoying living with Adam. We goof around and have a fun time, but also there is a bond between the two of us to work to make each other better men of God. We’ve been doing that together since sophomore year, so it’s nice to be able to continue it in the same room). A bunch of the guys in the quad were watching Mean Girls, and Adam, Nakis, Hodge and I went in there and teased them a little bit. Adam’s had this away message up for the majority of the day:

“As I ridicule the sophomore Buffaloes for watching Mean Girls on DVD in their room, I have a newfound respect for those Buffaloes that were seniors when I was a sophomore. It’s amazing how the tables have changed over two years. I used to be the object of ridicule and known as “Teenie Bopper Keene.” I like to think that most of those days are behind me. Today, I harrass them for their infatuation with Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff. My oh my how the tables have turned…”

We talked about it later, and it’s really funny to realize the type of growth you attain year after year as you progress through college. Every year is a significant growth. I look back to who I was freshman and sophomore year and who I am now as a senior and it’s crazy to think I was there. I was part of a growing band, a member of OB, and just beginning to date Lindsay through sopomore year. And I am none of that this year. But even beyond that, I’ve grown. God says He’ll never give us more than we can handle, and I believe that works both ways. God doesn’t give us understanding we can’t grasp for whatever reason. A great example is Godly marriage. For the last few years I hadn’t spent much time learning about. And then I get back into school and I’m in courtship and marriage and at church we’re studying I Corinthians 7 – the chapter Paul writes all about marriage. Now, I’m not a proponent of predestination, but I do believe God actively helps me and guides me in my life like my earthly father would. My dad may not force me in a direction, but there are always certain situations I’m in where I think about something he said that speaks to me or an action of his. God is presenting me with this information on marriage at this time for a reason. And I need to be preparing for it.

Not to say that’s the only thing God’s showing me, but it’s been amusing of late.

Alright… class is almost over.

peaceandlove

Morning everyone

So I realized that hey, I don’t have any classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday why not make a more concerted effort to write a little bit in here. So, apologies are in order for me not putting anything in here.

Lots of nifty things have happened since coming back to school:

1. The Business Plan Competition group has started, and while we’re rotating members due to people being unable to take the time, it looks like we’re going to get things rolling here. And obviously I realize that things won’t be all pie-in-the-sky, but I think if we work at it one step at a time, we’ll make something of it.

2. Me and Dr., Dr., THOMPSON – (Like Me and Mrs. Jones) – Anyway, I went to church with the Thompsons this Sunday which was a fantastic experience. We went to Hermatige Church of Christ and then to Red Lobster. One thing I’m noticing this year – and I’m not sure if it’s purely because I’m a senior, because I’ve paid my dues, or what – but I’m becoming much closer to the people who I’ve always admired. I’m making a concerted effort to be with these people, get to know them and have more than just a business relationship with them. Dr. Thompson is a good example. I would have never gone to church with Mrs. Paxton, but it felt right to do that with Dr. Thompson. My RD, Erik Wessel and I are becoming fast friends, and I’m going to be going to a conference with him the first weekend in October. God is constantly bringing me into contact with people who can mentor me and mold me, and it’s exciting to know He’s behind all of it.

3. Delta Rho Sigma – I’m excited for the opportunities this year. Adam (my roommate) and I were discussing a lot of it. And think one of the things we both realized is hey, finally, after all this time, we have to be examples. And, finally, all the struggles and trial by fire I experienced is making the sense I had hoped it would. Did I have to set an example last year? Sho’ did. But, as important as that was, here are guys that are brothers in the same group, and here are sophomores that we selected. It was partially my choice to put these guys there, and I have the responsibility to teach. And it’s scary to be sure. But I think our Bible Study will really be a fantastic teaching tool for God, and I think the things we need to cover will be done in a very candid and loving way. My goal this year with myself and the rest of the guys is to raise Godly men of integrity – something the world needs desperately. And I feel these are guys who can do that. Do we all need a little work? Certainly. But we’ll continue to prayerfully approach the subject and see where we’re led.

4. Oh! And I met Rachel Hamm (). Sweet.

Since coming back, God’s revealed to me what I feel He tried to train me for the summer. Even in July, I had the sense of something being wrong. I kept taking inventory and realized that one spot in my life, if I were going to try to lead anyone spiritually, needed some priority, and it was integrity. Being someone who says what he does and does what he says. Loving and tender, but with strength and power, he’s trusted. And I want to be that person. And it’s taken some serious thought about how to get there. And so lots of prayer went into it, especially concerning the way I was treating relationships with girls and stuff. And then I come back and I’m exctied and ready for everything. And then I screw up. And we’re talking not just the little stuff, but I basically went back to my old patterns. But something different happened. Adam and I talked about some of the stuff, and he replied “I don’t think you may be setting a good example for the guys”. That instantly sent me into a tailspin, because I realized he was right. And while my ultimate purpose isn’t to serve man but to serve God, sometimes you need to be reminded of what else you’re not doing. And so it’s put me back on a better track. I’m back to reading “My Utmost for His Highest”, reading a lectionary to keep in my Bible, and praying more often than I was. Because, in the end, how can I ever expect the Buffaloes to work with me and have me try to lead them if I’m not a fit leader? God’s been so faithful, and it’s nice to be back on a good track. And, obviously, Satan is going to work on me, but I refuse to let that take me off this track now. You have to cling on the narrow road.

Also, something else God’s doing that surprised me is the amount of marriage talk that’s surrounded me since I’ve gotten back to school. I’ve learned more about what it takes to be a mature Christian man and how then to approach a mature Christian relationship in Courtship and Marriage. People have really drug that term Courtship through the mud – myself included. But four years older and wiser since I read “Boy Meets Girl”, I think it really just comes down to realizing that the key to a good relationship with anyone or anything is to place God between you and whatever you’re seeking to achieve a relationship with. And it doesn’t mean lifting holy hands everytime you meet, but it does mean a constant reflection of God’s principles in relation to how one relates to others.

And then, to make it even wierder, at church Sunday we’re beginning to discuss I Corinthians 7 (The Marriage Chapter), and we took background on Christian marriage, and then next week we’ll hit the subject.

Que Ironico.

Anywho, I’m heading to lunch with Dr. Thompson here shortly, so I gotsta bounce. I’ll rap at y’all later (hopefully Friday).

…and I’m back…

peaceandlove.