Well hi everyone!
It's been a while. I thought I'd take some time to catch the world up on what's happening in Shelbyville.
As of four days ago, I am no longer a real-live college student. This was my last semester as a living on-campus, going to class full time, spending 99% of my time in Commerce, honest-to-goodness college student. I moved back home this week, and next semester I'll student teach, get certified K-12, and then graduate in December with my bachelors in Music Education before being set loose upon the world. I'm excited and anxious for student teaching; I'll learn a lot of useful things, and get to work with incredible people. For those wondering, I'll be in Tyler ISD for 8 weeks in elementary, then 8 weeks in White Oak ISD at the secondary level (MS and HS).
As far as this summer goes, I'm crazy excited for the things the Lord has prepared for me. My home church, FBC Liberty City, has created a position for me as the worship intern. Basically I'll get to be Bro. Keith's (our worship minister) shadow and try to absorb as many nuggets of knowledge that I can while I'm there. I'm reminded more and more through all of this how my entire life has been prepared for me. My God has a plan and I just need to stop worrying and walk in it (easier said than done sometimes).
So that's my life as of now. Now about this semester...
This past semester goes in the books as the most fun of them all. I got to lead worship at the BSM every week, learned how to country dance, strengthened old friendships and made so many new ones. I took chances, went on adventures, and had so much fun with so many awesome people.
Before I go on: My time at the BSM was a total Godsend. I had prayed and prayed for something to get my feet wet and back into worship leading and boom, right in my lap fell this opportunity. I can't even put into words how grateful I am for that time. He is truly the God who can do immeasurably more than we ever ask or imagine (eph 3.20).
As far as my entire time in college goes, I can't imagine my life without having gone the way I did. I learned SOOO much; not just in class, but in dealing with and living around people. I learned how to manage my money, and how to live and survive on my own.
I learned about human nature and the weaknesses most of us have and that we should love people in it instead of instinctively judging them for it (something He's still working in me). I learned that we're all insecure, and just want to be loved for who we are.
I gained a little gumption, and don't put up with as much as I used to. I learned when to shut up, but also learned that it's ok to speak up when something's not ok. I learned that there are so many types of people and personalities in the world, and that there actually are people (a very rare one or two) out there that get things the way I get things and laugh at all the dumb stuff I do.
Post-college life has me feeling refined and confident, but not complete. I know that feeling won't come until Paradise. I'm so happy and excited for the rest of my life. Let's do this.