So it's been a couple of weeks since my last post, I apologize for not keeping up with this the way I should but I'm working on it. I'll give you a few highlights since then, classes are still going pretty slow, except for ceramics, I work during and outside of class to finish pottery which I'm pretty terrible at, but I turned in my pot today and was actually proud of it instead of being embarrassed like last time. My movement class is fun, I'm learning how to sword fight and how to do yoga type stuff. Because classes are slow I have a lot more social time to hang out with my friends and I'm not stressed over homework or tests. I'm in a cute rental car for the week while my car is in the shop. I got nominated for Mercer's homecoming court. Wesley Week was an easy relaxed success filled with fun events. I'm in a bowling tournament this weekend, how random! We had a staff retreat last week, got to eat awesome food and do some staff bonding. My nephew is growing at an enormous rate and he's laughing too, as well as spitting up on me.
But the thing I'm most excited about is youth ministry stuff. A couple of weeks ago we had Inside Out when the Sr. high were on ski trip and even though we were missing several of our regular adults and volunteers, it went well nonetheless. It was a really good feeling, knowing that I'm capable even though a lot of times I feel inadequate. Not that I want to have youth without our adults and volunteers, because they definitely bring way more to our ministry than I ever could. This past Saturday we did Meals on Wheels and a Scavenger Hunt, that was by far the most fun I've had in quite a while...a good time was had by all, especially Beth's team that won the hunt. The Super Bowl Party was awesome, although my team lost. We had tons of students and visitors and adults. It was really relaxed and fun, and who doesn't love the Toilet Bowl Tournament?!
In the midst of all these activities the thing that stands out most in my mind over the past couple weeks is a story that Shane shared on Sunday morning. It was about the Jr. High guys that reached out to the homeless man and welcomed him to our church. This story has really left an impression on me because I've been trying to put myself in their place. What would I have done had a homeless man asked me where he could get a shower? I think I would have shrugged and walked off in fear. I wouldn't have talked to him or had a conversation, I wouldn't have invited him anywhere. Especially not in the 8th grade. The only person I was thinking about in 8th grade was me, and sometimes that mindset hasn't changed much. I am so proud of these guys. I am so proud just to know these guys. And I am blessed that I get to share in their lives. Can you imagine what kind of potential they have? They are making a huge impact as 8th graders, imagine what they will do in the next 5, 10, and 20 years. I look forward to seeing the men of God that they will become. So that story definitely made my eyes water up and I couldn't be more proud of them. I'm also proud and excited for Patrick and Carlos for placing so high in wrestling. Our guys are tearin' it up!
Needless to say, life is good!