The Biggest Thing I Learned in College

I learned a lot in college (I think…); but to me, college became a space where I finally learned to love learning. This love for learning led to so many life lessons, because I didn’t just want to be a better student in my classes; I wanted to learn how to be a better human. I wanted to learn how to be a higher quality man. I wanted to learn what it really looks like to be an adopted son. And I wanted to learn how to make people feel noticed and valued.

Well, at least I scratched the surface a little bit, right?

In hindsight, the last three years have been a freaking whirlwind. Dickens was right, it really was the best of times and it was the worst of times (he was talking about college, right?).

To sum college up, I never wanted to come to A&M, but I came anyways. I made a lot of really stellar friends. I pushed all of those friends away because dating seemed way cooler than friends at the time (a-whoops). I lived with guys that I didn’t gel with at all. I almost quit on College Station and moved to Nashville. Spoiler: I ended up not moving to Nashville. Then, I made some of the best friends I’ve ever known.rectangle love shack

I got connected with a few super incredible families that treated me as if we shared blood. IMG_3782.JPG

I went on a crazy, 7-week road trip.IMG_1487.PNG

I started an unbelievably awesome job with co-workers that are more fantastic than I could even ever explain to you.IMG_2102.JPG

There has been losses and gains of friends and community and houses and rats (long story). But in all of it — the really crappy and the really wonderful — there was the Lord. And he wasn’t just there, but he was the one brainstorming, planning, strategizing, and executing the adventure with absolutely no help at all from me, because I don’t have the attention span to help him plan something super awesome, crazy, fun, and growing.

 

All that to say, I came into college thinking I knew quite a lot about how to live life both on my own and with people. I now know that I knew very very little, if anything at all, about anything at all. I don’t mean any of this to be self-deprecating; it drives me crazy when people pull that. I mean all of this to say that I’ve learned that I have more than a lot of room to grow in humility. But I know that growth has happened and is happening because of something that C.S. Lewis said,

“If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud.”

It’s comforting to me that I’ve gained the self-awareness over the last few years to assess myself as being depraved. If I weren’t depraved, then Jesus would not have died in my place to make me an eternal heir to the Kingdom of Heaven, for he would not have needed to do so.

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“I am far less important than I thought; but I am far more valued than I thought.”

These words have been stuck in my head like duct tape for the past couple of weeks as I’ve reflected on the past few years. I think it was so important for me to realize that I am not irreplaceable in any way, shape, or form. I am not the only one who can do my job or be a friend to those around me. People are not dependent on my presence for joy and satisfaction in life. But here’s the deal, even though I am not as important and irreplaceable as I thought I was three years ago, I am far more valued than I thought I was three years ago. Far more valued by the Lord; far more valued by my friends; far more valued by my co-workers.

In short, the biggest thing I learned in college is that life is not about me.

In Whom Do We Trust? (Part III)

One of the more dense focal points of the argument against an originally Christian United States is that there was a severe wanting of true Biblical Christianity; a wanting which started during the founding of America. This is especially pervasive as they moved past the founding and into the Second Great Awakening. Fea describes the Second Great Awakening as so:

Humans were no longer…waiting passively for a sovereign and distant God who…offered select individuals the gift of eternal life. Instead, ordinary American citizens took an active role in their own salvation…the new theology empowered individuals to decide their own religious fate by accepting or rejecting the gospel message.[1]

In this philosophy and theology, Americans became their own saviors. They were in charge of saving themselves; whether or not God wanted to save them did not matter. The problem here is that this was not and is not Christianity; this is moralism. The implicit idea of this theology is that humans can be good enough to determine if they may enter heaven or not. In other words, this theology is centered on the idea of self-salvation.

The Second Great Awakening was a force driven by its teachers and preachers. Many of these “Christian” teachers, such as Theodore Dwight Woosley[2], proclaimed that the majority of Americans believed in Jesus Christ and the Gospel. This pervasive assumption led to evangelists such as Billy Sunday that would take the assumption even further and say, “Christianity and Patriotism are synonymous terms…”[3]. This absurd assumption projected Christianity onto Americans and inspired a self-fulfilling prophecy across the nation. This notion encouraged Americans to think, “I love this country; therefore, I am a Christian. God bless America!”

This is just not how Biblical Christianity functions; this is American nationalism. Mercy Otis Warren was another teacher who did not fight for Biblical Christianity but rather fought for this sense of nationalism. She is quoted as saying “religious and moral character of Americans yet stands on a higher grade of excellence and purity than that of most of other nations.”[4] There was an implicit sense of arrogance in the fact that the people Ms. Warren knew were better than the people she had heard about in other nations. A true Christian would see Romans 3:23[5] and acknowledge the equal depravity of all mankind. The practicing Biblical Christian was the exception in this revival, not the rule.

If the United States was founded and purposed in Christianity, then America would look vastly different than it did and does. If the founders of the United States intended for the nation to be attached to a specific religion, then they all would have had at least moderately uniform thought processes on that matter. The part of America that gives people hope – domestically and internationally – is that basic American tenet of freedom and the ability to believe what one wants to believe without ridicule and persecution. The United States was not founded and purposed in any specific religion; rather, it was founded and purposed in freedom – all encompassing freedom.

[1] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 5

[2] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 26

[3] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 32

[4] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 9

[5] The Bible in the book of Romans chapter 3 verse 23

In Whom Do We Trust? (Part II)

It is important to note that a moderate number of the founders of the United States were not Biblical Christians; if they even considered themselves Christians at all. As was previously discussed regarding John Adams and the Treaty of Tripoli, Adams believed the government of the United States to not at all be founded on the Christian religion[1]. He was also a Unitarian and disbelieved the Trinity, an important aspect of the Christian faith. Unitarianism is also part of the universalism movement, which teaches universal salvation to all who believe in any god they so choose. In other words, no matter which god or religion to which you ascribe, everyone will end up in the same place. Thomas Jefferson also did not believe in Scripture as written; so, he decided to write his own bible removing content at his own will and discretion. Jefferson also wrote, in a letter to John Adams in April of 1823,

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.[2]

Furthermore, because of Jefferson’s manifested beliefs in this letter, one may conclude that Jefferson thought of Christianity as tomfoolery at best. If two of the first three democratically elected leaders were so clearly not Christian, then it is, at best, ill reasoning to assume the nation to be explicitly founded upon the Christian religion.

Another aspect of the debate is the discussion of national mottos; such as, “In God We Trust” – imprinted on coins and Treasury notes – and “…one nation, under God…” in the Pledge of Allegiance. In regards to “In God We Trust”, this was not imprinted on money until 1861[3] and was only done for political appeasement of the National Reform Association, not out of true belief on behalf of Congress or President Lincoln. The NRA brought before the president an entire amendment to the preamble of the Constitution that would explicitly make the United States a Christian nation. This was too great a favor to ask, so the politicians compromised with the committee and put “In God We Trust” on United States coins. A few presidents after that, namely Teddy Roosevelt[4], attempted to remove the motto from money, but every attempt was failed on grounds of tradion. In regards to “…one nation, under God…”, this phrase was added to the pledge in the middle of the twentieth century by President Eisenhower[5]; this was not, by any means, and original phrase, contrary to popular belief.

 

[1] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 4

[2] Schweitzer. Founding Fathers

[3] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 23

[4] Schweitzer. Founding Fathers…

[5] Schweitzer. Founding Fathers…

In Whom Do We Trust? (Part I)

My junior year of college, I decided to take a class called “History of Religion in America Pre-Civil War”. It’s a mouthful, I know; but it was fascinating! We got to learn about Native American religions and the Church of England and Catholicism and German religions and everything the French and Spanish brought over and we also got to learn about Puritanism amongst many other things.

My favorite part of this class; however, was not any of the lecture material. It was one of the papers we had to write. The paper tackled the question of whether or not America was founded and intended as a Christian nation. Growing up in the church and in a Christian school with Christian parents, I always just assumed as much.

This is going to be a three part blog series that contains my answer to the question and my research behind it. Obviously, since this was just a final paper and not a thesis or dissertation, limited (yet, still adequate) research was done. I have changed some of the wording and sentence structure to make the flow a little smoother for a blog rather than a formal paper, but all the content will remain! I hope this series is informative and I honestly wouldn’t mind if it ruffled some of your feathers, too. Friction is a good thing!

 


 

 

For centuries, one of the most extensive and impassioned North American debates has been the question of whether the United States was founded and purposed in Christianity. Many forget the original American tenet was freedom. Even though it came out of religious oppression in England, the immigrants nonetheless migrated not primarily to spread Christianity; they migrated to practice that which they desired. The United States was not founded as a Christian nation. The founders had no intention of the nation being solely Christian, and even those that did want established religion did not, in regularity, practice true Biblical Christianity. This notion is commonly disregarded.

There are numerous documents and even founding fathers themselves that may uphold this idea. For example, Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli – a document partially created by President John Adams – asserted,

“the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”[1].

Fea added that the treaty was “signed by John Adams and ratified unanimously by the Senate” [2]. The fact that is the most important in this case is that the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty unanimously. This means that every member concurred with Article 11 and agreed that neither the country nor the government, in any sense, was founded on the Christian religion. This agreement is so vital to the case because during Adams’ presidency, the U.S. still clang tightly to its founders, as they were still the explicit leaders of the new nation. This is one instance that proves that the founders had no intention of creating a Christian nation.

Another document that corroborates the intention of the founders is the Declaration of Independence. In this document, Thomas Jefferson – the author and co-contributor of the content – states that

“governments…[derive] their powers from the consent of the governed”[3].

One of the points that Schweitzer makes in his article is to “note that the power of the government is derived not from any god, but from the people”[4]. Many consider the United States to have begun with this important document; moreover, if this founding document gave the power of the government to the consent of the governed and not to any particular god or religion, then the United States is not bound by or to any religious code or conduct constructed by any known or unknown deity or holy scripture from any religion at all.

The final document that supports this claim of the intention of the founders is the United States Constitution. The Constitution made it clear – in Article III of the Bill of Rights – that there would be no official or established religion in America[5]. The simple fact that the two documents by which the government and citizens of the United States function on a daily basis both deny any national power or authority to any religious deity, god, or religion affirms the argument against the intention of a Christian nation on behalf of the founders.

[1] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 4

[2] Fea. Was America Founded… pg. 4

[3] Schweitzer. Founding Fathers…

[4] Schweitzer. Founding Fathers…

[5] The Bill of Rights

Dad, Why’d You Spank Me?

For the past few months, I have been utterly fascinated by the major Prophets of The Bible; namely Isaiah and Ezekiel. Part of the fascination comes from having never read them before; part comes from the fact that few churches teach out of these books; and part of it comes from learning a simple truth over and again.

If you grew up in church like I did, you have almost definitely heard the phrase, “God does not cause bad things to happen, but He does allow them to happen.” But think back, did that ever come out of a sermon or series concerning the Prophets? Did it come from a sermon or series about the gospel? The chances are good that it probably did not.

In the Prophets, there has been one over-arching theme that I have noticed:

The Lord is the direct causation of destruction and exile and pain. 

I understand how hard that sentence is to swallow, but stick with me. My goal here is not to make you cynical as I am, because I would never wish that on anyone. My goal is for the gospel to be more clear to myself first, and then to you.

[Ezekiel], I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and behold, it has not been bound up, to heal it by binding it with a bandage, so that it may become strong to will the sword. Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt and will break his arms, both the strong arm and the one that was broken, and I will make the sword fall from his hand.

Ezekiel 30:21-22

First, I want to acknowledge that there is purpose. There is always purpose. We do not serve a God of arbitrary chaos and disorder. We serve a God of complete order and process and purpose. The passage begins with the Lord declaring that He has broken the arm of Pharaoh, so that it may become strong to “will the sword”. In other words, so that Pharaoh may conquer and take over land and people. We have said it or heard it said so many times that the Lord “gives and takes away”, but many of us (myself included) never thought about the very real repercussions of that.

He gives: health, land, power, people, fame, money, dominance, etc.

He takes away: health, land, power, people, fame, money, dominance, etc.

The pendulum swings both ways; however, the hand is always on the pendulum. The pendulum never ever swings on its own. This analogy takes us to the next part of the verse. The Lord declares that He will then proceed to break both of Pharaoh’s arms and that He will make the sword fall from Pharaoh’s hand. Pharaoh’s time on the throne was complete.

I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them through the countries. And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a man mortally wounded. I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fall. Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt.

Ezekiel 30:22-25

Exile. The Lord will scatter and disperse the Egyptians. He alone will strengthen the arms of another king and give him the sword and Pharaoh will come crawling to that king begging and pleading for his life. I mean, can you imagine feeling mortally wounded just from a set of broken arms? Can you even imagine that pain? That is the drug called “influence” upon which the human race is fatally dependent. Pharaoh, like us, could not physically bear the thought of losing his power and wealth and influence. Pharaoh, like us, worshipped created things rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

But why? Why would the Lord bring so much pain and destruction and exile? Look at the beginning of the last sentence in the previous passage.

Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”

This is not arbitrary destruction. This is not merely a power trip. This is not even primarily punishment. This is the Lord bringing people to Himself which is what He has been doing since He created adham in the Garden of Eden.

In a string of conversations that I have had with a friend of mine, he continuously comes back to one point: “Don’t you think God is ultimately out for our happiness?” My answer every single time is a resounding “absolutely not!” I think God is out for His glory and if that causes us to be happy, then here’s to the byproducts! Friend, God is not out for your sake. He is about His glory and He will make His name known and glorified by whatever means necessary. Think about this in the form of the gospel.

The Father sent the Son away from holiness and perfection and glory with a purpose; that purpose was not the miracles or the teachings or the healing or even to be an example of how we should live. The purpose was to do what we have always and will always fail to do and bear our consequences on our behalf. Jesus’ purpose was to glorify the Father in that the Creator fixed what creation had broken without the slightest help (or thought to help) from creation. The one who was wronged gave everything in order for the chaos and destruction to not last eternally. Jesus, who was perfect, mind you, was slain because we could not get our act together. He so deeply wanted us reunited with Him that He intervened and did what we needed to do for us. Here are a few things Jesus experienced from the hand of His Father so that we would not eternally have to: death, exile, complete destruction, abandonment, suffering. On our best day, we deserve every single one of those things and more, but Jesus stepped in voluntarily and bore that burden for us.

He fixed it.

The Lord fixed it while we had our backs turned in conscious rebellion and sin against Him.

Because He fixed it, the Spirit now can draw us near to the Father because the Father sees the redeemed as He sees the Son: perfect. And He is going to do whatever it takes to draw his children near.



Extra Verses (about the Lord causing destruction):

Isaiah 9:10-12

Isaiah 24:1

Isaiah 25:2

Isaiah 45:1-3

Isaiah 50:2-3

Isaiah 65:11-15

Ezekiel 14:21-23

Ezekiel 15:6-8

Ezekiel 16:36-41

Ezekiel 33:29

Ezekiel 35: 1-4, 7-9

The Most Common Idol

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity to the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be to the praise of his glory.” – Paul to the Ephesians (ch.1, v.11-12)

It’s not about us. It never has been.

I feel as though growing up in the American church system cripples a lot of people. I would argue that it cripples most, but that’s an opinion. Why would growing up in church cripple instead of heal, you might ask? There are various examples of wounds that people have from their respective churches growing up. I will not go through and list off every single example that I know of, but I also do not want to make light of the wounds you may have. For the sake of the purpose of this blog, I will just focus on the one I have seen the most.

The word is egocentrism, which is kind of similar to selfishness, but to a much deeper and more problematic level.

There are a couple of defining attributes of someone (or something) that is egocentric (according to dictionary.com):

1) regarding the self as the center of all things

2) having little or no regard to the interests, beliefs, or attitudes other than one’s own.

THE PROBLEM: egocentrism

THE SUB-PROBLEMS: the glorification of humans and the growing subjectivity of the Gospel.

First: the glorification of humans

There was a movie that came out sometime last year that caused an enormous backlash from the “Christian” community in America. The issue, for the “Christian” community, is that the movie was unbiblical and absurd and that the characters could not have been portrayed more wrongly because they were too messed up in the movie. But let’s think about this: had you not grown up putting glory in whom glory was not deserved, would this movie still be a problem?

I grew up in Sunday school basically learning the Noah was one of those Bible characters (alongside people like Moses and David and Solomon and Paul and Peter and more) that was a superhuman. I was never told about their brokenness. I was never told about their need for grace. I was never told that Noah was a drunk with no self-control (Genesis 9:18-23) or that Moses was a rash chronic doubter (Exodus 2:11-12; Exodus 3:11-15; Exodus 4:1-14; Exodus 5:22-6:1,10-12; Exodus 6:30-7:7; Exodus 32:19-20; Numbers 11:18-25; Numbers 20:6-12) or that David was a chronic liar and cheater and stealer (2 Samuel 11). I only knew of the things they did that were awesome and grew up learning to give them credit for those things. I mean, they might as well have been Jesus the way Sunday School taught me about them.

The key to this first point is that we give extra-holy attributes to sub-holy beings. To clarify, we make gods out of pastors, worship leaders, and bible characters amongst a vast array of other human beings that just are not Jesus or anything close to him.

Now, let’s ask ourselves a few questions:

1) What is the difference between you and me?

2) What is the difference between you and a preacher (any preacher, take your pick)?

3) What is the difference between you and the apostle Paul?

4) What is the difference between you and Moses? Noah? David?

Now, let’s answer our questions:

1) Probably physical location and age and maybe gender.

2) Maybe the same as #1 and also a different opinion on desired occupations.

3 & 4) Maybe the same as #1 and #2 alongside the most important difference……….TIME PERIOD.

What are the similarities between you and me and all of these people?

The fact that we are all just severely broken messes in need of more help and more grace than for which we could ever imagine to ask.

The fact that without Jesus, we all would be on the same fast track to Hell.  Let’s take a look at Romans chapter 3 starting in verse 9:

What shall we conclude then? Are [Jews] any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Second: we made ourselves the subject of the Gospel.

(My mom is an English teacher and so I’m really hoping I get this grammar lesson correct.)

Subject: the person/place/or thing performing an action

Object: the person/place/or thing on which the action is being performed

We do nothing to get/earn/attain/accept/buy our salvation. That is way more power than we will ever have. If we could save ourselves, then why in the world would Jesus have come to save us? We are so screwed up and twisted and broken that we do not even know how to begin to fix anything. We do not even know where the thought process of fixing something should start. But somewhere along the line we started thinking that we do know. Somewhere along the line, we began to think that if we spoke clean enough or kept our bodies pierceless or tattooless or did not drink any alcohol or partake in tobacco use or do whatever we thought was good that we could fix what we broke.

We do not even know what “fix it” means.

This perfection that we have been trying to attain on our own, this righteousness that we cannot seem to grasp; it’s Jesus. It always has been Jesus. And it always will be Jesus. Back to Romans 3 starting in verse 22:

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Somewhere there was a transition from christocentric to egocentricSomewhere along the line we removed Jesus as the center, as the subject. We began to play the role of God, a role that we could never actually do. We made ourselves God. We thought we could save ourselves by being “good” when in reality what we know as “good” is still broken! We have no clue what good is except the presence of The Lord, which is too good for us to even begin to understand. We consider things to be good whenever we are positively affected by them. Us. It’s all about us. A day is considered bad when something undesirable (in our opinion) happens to us.

It’s not about us. It never was.

Jesus did not leave perfection and paradise for our sake. He did it because that is who he is. His nature, as we understand it, is not that Jesus is faithful (even though he is that). It’s that Jesus is faith. Jesus epitomizes faith. Faith is not something that could ever happen without Jesus; even faith in the smallest things like getting in your car and having faith in other people to drive carefully.

Jesus is everything.
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” – Paul to the Philippians (ch. 3, v. 7-8)

Without Jesus, we are nothing.
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” – Isaiah (ch. 64, v. 6)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made: without him nothing was made that has been made.” – The Gospel according to John (ch. 1, v. 1-3)

We don’t know what good is, but we don’t have to.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Jesus in The Gospel according to Matthew (ch. 5, v. 17)

Jesus was good for us because we could never be.
“All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” – Paul to the Romans (ch. 3, v. 12)

He did not live to be an example for us, he lived because we could not.
If we believe what we have read in Romans 3, then the only acceptable and eternal sacrifice for God was God himself. And because, according to John 1, Jesus is God, then Jesus was the only option of mending the severed relationship between Creator and his creation. The Lord sent Jesus with the intent of being our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-5:10) and being the mediator between the two parties of the broken relationship. Jesus is the ultimate peace-maker that we, as confused sinners, could never be.

It’s not about us. It never was. And it never will be.

We are the object, the person being acted upon.

Jesus is the subject, the center, the everything, doing the acting.

“In him we were also chosen in order that we might be for the praise of his glory.”

The Acorn

What did the acorn say to the tree when it let the acorn fall?

Answer: absolutely nothing because it is an acorn.

 

One of my favorite analogies concerning the relationship between us and The Creator is the acorn and the tree. Here’s all the background information you need to know: acorn=us ; tree=God. So, get this:

 

An acorn is produced by a giant tree. One day, as the rain came down hard and the wind shook the branches of the tree violently and the acorn began to fall. There was no “WOE IS ME WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING I CAN’T SEE WHERE I’M FALLING WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN?!?!” There wasn’t a single word breathed by that acorn. Am I saying it didn’t freak out at all? Nope. But I am saying that it didn’t question the tree about why it was let go. It didn’t complain things were happening too fast. It didn’t complain that it was comfortable before but not nowImage.

 

Here’s the kicker: the acorn had no clue what was gonna happen, either.

You see, not only does the fallen acorn provide life to small and large animals alike, but it provides seeds so that new plants and trees can grow. Yes, that was plural. All of these life-giving things can happen because the acorn knew what the tree needed it to do and it fell.

 

When it fell, it didn’t fight the falling.

 

Now that the analogy is there, here’s what’s going on for me.

 

Backstory: I am at Texas A&M University because the Lord very clearly and specifically brought me here. I grew up in Austin always wanting to go to UT. The Lord had other plans and I learned to be okay with it because of the peace I had been given.

 

Now-story: My old pastor told me one time, “Sometimes all you will have is your calling.” And I’m at that point in school. In life? Not so much. I love my job, my girlfriend is absolutely incredible, my roommate is a stud and I love my friends more than I thought possible. All of those things are great, but I didn’t come to College Station for those things; I can get those in better, more enjoyable cities than here. 

 

The truth is that I don’t know why I am here. I have absolutely NO IDEA why the Lord is so adamant that I be here. But hey, sometimes all you have is your calling. You don’t always get to peek behind the curtain, I guess.

 

This girl reminded me last night on her balcony that I’m the acorn, not the tree. 

 

My tree hasn’t failed me yet and I don’t expect Him to drop me somewhere unnecessarily anytime soon.

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Food for Thought:

Are you holding on to your tiny little stem when the tree is trying to drop you somewhere to give life to something or someone?