Saturday. 4.19.14 1:41 am
This me with my campus ministry Tuesday night. Here, we've just baptized two fellows. We did two more the previous week, and another the week before. It's been an incredible semester with lots of growth, ministry-wise. I'm so proud of them, and I'm so happy to be helpful to such a worthy cause. wittle baby Christians. They're adorable.
This is me with my fraternity Saturday night. We've just initiated four guys into the brotherhood. It's a little less than last semester.
I'm struck by how similar greek life (in theory) is to church life. Both organizations strive to better themselves and the world. Both have high ideals of character, are social by nature, and revolve around brotherhood. Both have a "ritual," something that everyone agrees on and that binds them together.
Of course, that's only in theory.
It's getting to the point where people at the college ministry consider me a leader. I've been around the block, at least from a college student's standpoint, and there are around a dozen younger Christians just at my school who need someone to be there for them, to harass or exhort them, to love them. The same way I've been taken care of, and continue to be. It's sort of exciting. But also sort of crazy.
I don't feel like an example. I feel like a joker. But someone's gotta do it!
This summer I'll stay near school, probably work in the lab and help out at church where ever I can. Then it's one more easy semester, and graduation! Oh, joy.
Tonight we had a special "Good Friday" devotional. It was...pretty intense. But super helpful! Helps me keep my head on straight. Definitely looking forward to Easter.
Tomorrow I'm going to the Atlanta Steeplechase. My fraternity is going as a group date, but Walter and I are sort of going as our own double date within the larger date. I've been looking forward to this since I heard we were buying tickets, but now it seems like I'm going to have a fifth passenger in my car on the way there and back. REALLY not excited about a random guy edging in on our personal time together. We can usually spend that time talking about more personal stuff, and it's especially important to me since we're going to be with the fraternity the rest of the time. But, such is life.
I'm going to attempt some computational physics homework, read some scripture, and hit the hammock. Nightio
Wednesday. 4.2.14 11:58 pm
Monday. 2.17.14 10:12 am
"The dreams of better places decimate my view.
The weight of your embraces remind the world of you.
Outside the world's opposing, attempting to decree.
With allies decomposing the future that could be.
I have let the dream escape,
A sunken mass of things erased,
A list of names to leave behind,
A wound to heal that I'll create.
The message failed to translate,
The answers failing to convey,
The fiery truth and reason why the world I live in ends this way."
I've been finding a lot of excellent music, recently.
One of my friends promised to exchance gifts with me this Christmas. I had to go home, though, so I had my gift (Bastille's album) sent to her home. I expected to get mine (Twenty One Pilot's self-titled album) either at home or when I got back to Georgia. A few weeks after the break ended, I called her to ask about it. I feel like that's incredibly rude, but she DID say she'd ordered it and I thought it would just be awkward if I just didn't mention that I hadn't seen it, especially if she HAD mailed it to my home or something.
On the phone, she said she had it with her and would bring it to the next ministry get-together. When I saw her on Tuesday, she approached me with her head down, handed me a small package and a card, and ran away.
The package was a box of skittles, and the card explained that she had never ordered the CD at all. She'd been prideful and ashamed (an interesting combination, and a hard one to shake off) and had kept lying when I asked her about it.
It's really worrisome, when someone you trust does something like that, especially when our friendship has been historically centered on God. I definitely felt let-down, but...what must she be going through to do something like that? I know she deals with depression, and it's been hitting her pretty hard lately, but that's an especially weird frame of mind. Especially for her.
I made sure she knew that we're still pals. She didn't want to hear it, but that's OK. :P That was about a month ago. On Friday, we talked a bit, and I told her I was feeling pretty convicted about some stuff from the "sermon" we'd just heard, and that I'm seeing divergence between my heart and the heart that I want. (This is an extreme over-simplification of what I actually told her.) I also told her that I'm sick and busy, which isn't very fun.
At church yesterday, she surprised me with another card and a little bottle of orange juice. The card was just thanking me for being her friend, encouraging me to get my junk figured out, and a "get well soon" sentiment.
You see, this is what I miss out when I don't talk to people that I care about. Both of us struggle and nobody gets nice cards.
Thursday. 1.30.14 11:22 am
Long post, ahoy!
I forget who told me this story. Probably one of my roommates, but none of them are owning up to it now. It goes something like this:
"I was in the student center, sharing my faith and inviting people out to Bible Talk. There was this table with a few guys, and we were talking."
"Yeah, so, we're talking, because these guys are atheists, and this one guy says, 'Dude, if I saw Jesus right in front of me, I still wouldn't believe. I would think it was a hallucination."
"Yeah, that's what he said."
I can understand it, a little. I mean, people saw Jesus in the New Testament all the time, and most of them didn't believe in him. Even when he performed miracles, people didn't always believe in him. Even less actually wanted to follow him. So I can understand the idea of seeing Jesus in person and still doubting. It's feasible, though I can't say it's very logical. But to make that claim, and be proud of it! That gave me some trouble. I don't know what my friend said after that, but it probably threw him off.
There's this dude in my class. Super friendly guy. He tapped on my shoulder one day and asked if I had done the homework. Apparently he transferred in with credits in a 1000 level CS course and thought he could handle 2000 level. As time has gone on, he's realized that his class was garbage. I'm doin' alright, so I agree to help him out with homework and stuff.
On Monday, we had an assignment due at 11 PM. I'd already finished it, so in class he asked if I could help him out because he was stuck.
"Sure, but I'm basically going to be busy until 7:30 because I've got class and then Bible Talk." Bible Talk is something my friends and I do, where we invite a bunch of people to hang out for a half hour and...talk about the Bible. It's more of a discussion than a lesson, though. One guy leads it by asking the group open-ended questions or getting their opinions regarding biblical and life concepts. It's fun, and it's a cool way to engage people who otherwise might not give critical thought to what the Bible says. This semester Tim and I are exploring the actions and character of Jesus.
We're already friends on Facebook, where he makes it very obvious that he doesn't believe in God. But he seems like an intellectually honest fellow, or at least someone who enjoys dabbling in worldviews, so I ask him anyway: "Actually, dude, would you want to just come with me? It starts at 6:30, then people usually hang around to talk for a bit. Then we can just set up anywhere and do homework."
"Yeah! Sounds good man."
So he comes. Gets there early, actually. People are generally pretty taken aback their first time joining a group like this and tend to just listen, but he actually makes some contributions to the conversation. It was pretty great. Afterwards he got into some conversation with one of the other guys before we finally headed out to work on his homework.
It took hours.
We were chatting occasionally, and he would ask me the funniest questions. What do I think of the rapture? Do I think I could be moral without being religious? What about Young Earth theology? I learned that his grandparents are both ministers so he grew up heavily religious, which makes his openness even more surprising to me because generally people who become areligious after coming from a home like that tend to want nothing to do with faith, if you'll forgive my generalization. At least, that seems to be the prevailing trend in the Georgia Tech students I've met.
Eventually, this comes out, right after he asks about morality:
"Yeah, man, I think I've actually met one of your friends before. But I didn't see him tonight."
Me: "Yeah? Where?"
"I was eating in the Student Center with some friends, and he came up and tried to invite us to Bible Talk. We said no, but then he started asking why, and...well, I sort of let him have it."
"I told him, if I were to meet Jesus right now, I still wouldn't believe in him. I'd think I was hallucinating or something."
I can't even. I didn't say anything to him (he had more to say, about how he felt like he'd done something illegal when he said that, stuff along those lines,) but I was laughing and singing inside. What a twist! This guy, who outright refused to come talk about God, was reaching out TO me, and ended up coming out to the same event he had avoided. I barely did anything.
I've spent way too many hours not doing homework, I'd better chip. Later, kids.
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