AND I got to see my missionary Aunt Janie! She came home on account of a death in the family, but it is extremely good to see her again. She's staying in my room currently and I'm here in the guest room, reflecting.
I thought I'd post a blog about some of the more important things I learned about life, myself, and academics this year as a freshmen. The Lord completely delivered me through this year, amidst all the late-night studying, classes, work, and stress I experienced this year. It was such a great year on so many levels and I'm thankful that I was able to attend such an upstanding school such as Azusa Pacific University. Here are my thoughts:
- Being an intentional friend - that is, going out of your way to make time for your friendships - can be a difficult thing. Maybe I'm just really bad at it, but I don't think I'm alone. (working on it!)
- Time management is one of the most difficult things in the whole-wide-world to learn. Every person is different, so you can't just read a book on how to be more productive with your time... you just have to know yourself and hopefully it comes with age.
- I'm a selfish human being in need of grace. And am quite thankful that I have a never-ending source of it.
- The ways in which God challenges you will strengthen areas in your life that will one day become a part of who you are and why you exist (purpose).
- Art is truth displayed in creative ways. If the art piece (play, painting, abstract, song, sculpture, improv) reveals truth, it is art and is worth your time. The minute art becomes sin, it is no longer art.
- Bono is a Christian.
- The Bible is the most amazing literary-meretited book every penned. Ever. I think it would be difficult for people to reject the gospel if they had any idea how perfect all the puzzle pieces fit together. No human could have schemed such grandiose literature. It would blow peoples minds if they only knew how insane the Word of God actually is. More parallelism, anaphora, alliteration, analogy, foreshadowing, etc. then any book ever written. Yes, even Great Expectations.
- Your health SHOULD take precedence over your academics. If you aren't getting enough sleep, and you lose points on an essay because you decided to sleep and catch up, the exchange is a worthy and acceptable one. The only way we perform (write, think, interact, study, listen, etc.) to the best of our ability and to the glory of God is if we are healthy. Our bodies are temples. We are the stewards of the temple. We must take care of it.
- "His Years" just might save my financial future. Lord, please!
- The people you meet now are brought into your life for a reason. Don't waste the time you have with them.
May the Lord bless and keep you. May he be your portion. The Lord, he is God.