Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I found myself today...

So, I've finally been able to slow down for a few moments today to think back on the past two years. TWO YEARS?!?! That's crazy, I feel like just yesterday that I walked across the stage at Barnhill Arena to receive my high school diploma still having no clue where I was headed next.

Well, here I am two years later, sitting in my room at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas wondering what happened to the kid that showed up on this campus in the Fall of 2008. That kid was shy, never spoke, and wondered if he would ever find friends here besides the people he knew from high school.

Looking back, I see where it all got it's jump start. There are actually two things that "got the ball rolling" so to speak...

The first one being this great guy who was always friendly and genuinely cared about my experience here at Tech. He happened to be the Resident Director of my building. Anytime I saw him he would stop and visit for a minute no matter what he was doing. Through our conversations we both realized we had a desire to serve Christ though all that we did. Later that semester he came back to me to ask me to apply to be an RA for the Spring 2009 semester. I slowly warmed up to the idea and ended up applying. I later found out that I would be working with him as my supervisor. Through my experience with the Office of Residential Life and the full support of my Resident Director I was beginning to discover who I was. Through our weekly meetings he always encouraged me and challenged me with new and sometimes difficult tasks that would push me out of my comfort zone just a little more each week. I honestly can say that I wouldn't be here today without his help.

The second is the AMAZING group of friends that I have found through the BCM. Throughout this year God has placed me around amazing people from the BCM. These are friends who I would be willing to do anything for and know without a doubt that they would do the same for me. We have so much fun when we are together and you never where you will end up hanging out at by the time the night is over. I've gotten to spend time with all of them and never get tired of being around them! God has used each of them in my life so much more than they will ever know. It is great being able to serve Christ with them!

Looking back, each and everyone of these people, through different events have shaped me into the person I am today, and eventhough I fall short daily God is there to pick me up and keep me moving forward.

So basically I guess what I'm trying to say is that WE HAVE AN AMAZING GOD, and even though I don't deserve any of these people in my life, God has blessed me with ALL OF THEM! They will ALL always mean everything to me.

Monday, January 11, 2010

a new semester; a new book!

So, last semester Seth and I went to work a retreat in Northwest Arkansas and I picked up a book then titled Forgotten God by Francis Chan. After we got back I sat it on my desk with full intentions of beginning to read it, before I knew it Christmas Break was here and it was still laying in the same stack on my desk. Well, the Spring 2010 semester has started, just got back from my first class, News Writing, it's gonna be awesome. Seth and I are taking it together and we have a great professor. It will be read, a chapter a day for 2 weeks and i'll be done! I started it today, and already God has revealed a lot to me. In the first chapter of the book Chan talks about a day when he had things to do and people to visit with when he had a knock on his door. It was a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses who were in the neighborhood. He was preparing to send them on their way when they began their "spill" be began to listen to them, allowed them to finish. Long story short he challenged their believes with one verse and challenged them to "read the bible for themselves" instead of taking what they have been taught by others for the truth without checking up on what they have been taught. After all, the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians because they received Paul's messages with great eagerness and examined the scriptures to see if what he was preaching was the truth. Well, time for Intro to Mass Communications! I have more I want to share so check back soon

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

so i'm gonna start this....

so, i've decided that i'm gonna start writing on a blog this semester. there are always lots of things i've wanted to say but never really thought about typing them and putting them up for anyone to read. i'm planning on posting things that seem relevant to my life. This could be anything from what God is teaching me at any giving point to how my day went or what I learned. I think I'm gonna enjoy this, and I hope this makes it a little easier for friends and family to keep up with what is going on in my life!

--jeriad