In the previous post, I shared about my experience of entering college and living away from home. I brought up the ideas of normality/comfortability vs God’s adventurous plan. If you missed it, check out the post here!
I have grown up with a great family. My parents have taught me how to live a life that pleases God. For this reason, I stayed out of a lot of trouble in high school.
I never went to a party that involved wild things. I never drank even a sip of alcohol. I never even kissed a girl. Needless to say, I had not experienced the things most teens experience during their younger childhood. I’m thankful for it.
For this reason, I knew it was important to always be on guard to protect myself. I knew that I would probably be asked to try some of these things in the future, but it would not be very often.
I was wrong…
I’m excited to publish the first post of the new series “Lessons From College”. Like I mentioned previously, I learned a lot while away at college for the past few months.
A little back story…
I have grown up in small towns my whole life. Since I was seven years old, I have lived in the small town of St. Augustine, Florida with my family. It is a nice town. Country atmosphere. The people are generally nice and welcoming. This was all I knew…until I moved to south Florida.
Immediately I was immersed right in the middle of the city life. The Miami metropolitan area containing the major cities in south Florida is a busy place. It was a new experience, and I loved it. I still do; however, I did not realize how different this area really was.
Wow! I did not realize until now how long it has been since I have posted something on this website. Recently, I have been busy with finishing up the semester in school. I finally finished yesterday, and I’m back home to enjoy Christmas break with my family. It’s nice to be back since everything has been so fast paced recently.
A lot of things have happened in the past few months. I moved to south Florida a few months ago to finish up my last few years of college. It has been an experience. I’m thankful for the opportunities God has opened for me down there. I have quickly learned that it is a different world, and having a constant relationship with God is important for one’s survival.
I learned a few key lessons while away at college that I think are applicable in many different aspects on one’s life. For this reason, I want to start a short series on these things. I’ll share personal stories and many of the experiences I had while away that have shaped me.
It has been awhile since I have posted anything on here. I have been busy with classes and other projects here at college. I have been enjoying it. God has opened up many opportunities for me recently. I had to write a reflective paper for my school in regards to my internship at The Scripps Research Institute in the neuroscience lab. I thought that I would share it here because it gives a small glimpse of what I’ve been up to lately.
[The Scripps Research Institute]
“Amplifying God’s kingdom starts with an intentional mindset. People will never see God’s love unless you show it. Reaching out and connecting with others requires a sacrifice, but the reward is worth it. Start amplifying God’s kingdom!”
I originally published this blog several months ago. Since it is Thursday, I’m going to do a #ThrowBackThursday blog post! I’m sure most of us have heard the song “White Flag” by Chris Tomlin. The song focuses on the theme of surrender.
So often, we do things in our own strength…not God’s. In living the Christian life, you are either fully surrendered to God with every aspect of your life, or you are not. I can assume that most of us have been on both sides of the spectrum.
We often temporarily surrender to God, but then the…
- temptation that leads to sin controls us
- busyness of life steals our time with God
- time we once devoted to spend with God now is replaced with something else
The list can go on. The point is that in order for complete surrender to happen, we must do the following:
Diagnose the Problem
Today I wanted to share a short post of encouragement. Recently, a song titled “Closer” from Hillsong came out. It is a great song that talks about the life we have in Jesus.
Many people use things to fill the void in this life. People often choose drugs because they mask the pain of reality, engage in sexual immorality because it brings temporary fulfillment and companionship, or hide behind a career or job title because it provides an identity. These are all real needs. We want to have a good life full of joy and fulfillment. The problem is that it can not be found in what this world offers up to us.
Jesus is the only one who will provide true joy and a real meaning for your life.
I want to encourage you to watch this video of the song “Closer”. It has such a great message of encouragement and the life we can have in Jesus.