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Three Songs and Artists

These three songs are the songs that take me “there”. I don’t know how else to describe it, but they just take me “there”.

 

First up is Bon Iver with the song “Skinny Love”.

 

For those of you who know me this one will come as a shock…U2 with “Where The Streets Have No Name”…I must say that they are growing on me.

 

Third is The Fray with the song “Absolute”.

 

These three songs right now are my top three. I can’t stop listening to them and won’t until I find better music. I posted these because I would really enjoy hearing what your three favorite songs/artists are as of right now. New music is probably one of the biggest things that excites me, so please, please, please tell me what your favorite songs/artists are because I wanna find me some new, legit music!

 

So my top 3 favorite songs right now are:

1. Bon Iver – Skinny Love

2. U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name

3. The Fray – Absolute

 

My top 3 favorite artists right now are:

1. Mumford and Sons

2. One Republic

3. Citizen Cope, Eminem, or Ascend the Hill (yes…I know those are 3 weird artists to put together, but I have no choice but to put them together)

 

So…What are yours?

What Do You Believe?

No this is not going to be a post where I tell you what to believe.

No this is not going to be a post where I try to get you to buy into what I believe.

No my blog is not a good blog….the only reason you’re reading this is because you’re bored. The only possible reason you maybe WANT to read this is to see how many gramatical errors I will have in one given post (which I guarantee will be a lot).

But, in all seriousness, this post is to encourage you to think and believe things for yourself. Here’s the background…

This semester has been an interesting one to say the least. I am currently taking a class that is called “Intro to Christianity” which has definitely been a hard, challenging, and frustrating class, but a good hard, challenging, and frustrating. I came into the class looking for a escape from the IU campus that doesn’t believe in Christianity, but what I found on the first day of class was everything but an escape.

My first day of class went like this…I came in kinda happy and excited for a new start. I sat down in a nice red chair and pulled out my laptop eagerly waiting to take notes. I look to my left and there is a girl on her cell phone talking angrily about a guy (who must have been a jerk), and to my right was a guy nearly half asleep but nonetheless awake enough to nod his head to the music that was blaring through his headphones. I look forward and there is my professor walking in with a sort of swag that says “yes, I do have a PHD in this stuff”. “Good afternoon, my name is Professor (I don’t really wanna say his name) and we are going to be looking at why Christians believe what they believe” (btw…he looks and talks like President Obama…no joke), which I was delighted to hear and again eager to take notes on. He then preceded to show us a video on Jesus and how the Bible is considerably inaccurate in describing Jesus, where he lived, and who He really was. I sat there with my mouth hanging wide open. This was not going to be an escape, in fact it was going to be more like a trap.

From day one of this class I have been bombarded with every conceivable (it seems like) controversy concerning the Bible and who Jesus was. The teacherdoes not only not believe in Christianity, but makes it out to seem like the most unbelievable thing to him. Every person in the class hangs on his every last word and takes it to be the truth. I sit there almost discouraged at what I am hearing because this is not what I was taught at Blackhawk CHRISTIAN School (BCS). Everything I am now learning is standing in complete opposition to what I learned at BCS. I have been told that this is why I should’ve gone to a private Christian college, but I disagree.

The points the Professor raises in class against Christianity are great points worth considering and not blowing off just because he believes something different than me. I want to believe in Jesus not only with my emotions but also with my logic. Every point he raises in class I have to thoroughly look at and examine to see if there is a counterexample or counter arguments, which there usually is. I am not the smartest person in that class, but I came into the class knowing what I believe. I was lucky enough to have a teacher like Stephen Webster and a coach like Gary Merrell who told me to not believe in Jesus blindly; to make my faith my own. Questioning Christianity is not a bad thing, but rather a very healthy thing.

Here is the point. I don’t know what you believe, and I am not here to persuade you to believe in what I believe. I want to plead with you to not believe in something just because someone told you to believe in it, or because your parents/friends/family believe in it. Find out what you believe for yourself. Believing what other people tell you is a shallow way to believe in something: You will fall for any kind of sweet talk, sweet look, or any sweet new thing that comes along because what you believe is not your own. No matter what religion you prescribe to, find out why you believe in it, and never let go when you figure that out. Don’t discourage opposition. Don’t become angry. For me, the saddest thing I see in life is Christians who don’t really know why they believe what they believe; I would rather see them not believe at all than to believe like that. That was me before wiser men told me to seek truth with all that I am, so that when I come to University I wouldn’t waiver in my beliefs. Take opposition head on and figure out why you believe what you believe because after all this is YOUR life, not someone else’s.

So my question to you is this…What do you believe and Why do you believe it?

Dream Big

MLK had a dream and would stop at nothing to see it fulfilled. He showed us the value of not just dreaming, but believing in your dream. Whether it be big or small don’t take your dreams lightly. Whatever it is, go after it with all your heart. So…What’s your dream?

Privilege, not a job.

Most weekends I have the amazing privilege to help coach a 7th grade basketball team, and, well, this weekend is no different. Some have asked me (and PJ I’m sure) why we as freshman would take on a “job” like helping coach a bunch of middle schoolers the game of basketball, and I can only come up with one answer. It’s a privilege, not a job. To be able to invest in the lives of kids younger than me and be a mentor is one of the greatest things I have ever experienced. I love being able to teach them the game of basketball, but also be able to try and teach them the game of life. It’s the journey of the season and games that excites me most, not the end result (winning and losing). It’s seeing these kids give all they have for something because lets be honest…is it really fun to watch a person/a team not give their all for something? Heck no! Doing the best you can do in all aspects is what we live for and what we die for, and thats what most excites me about watching a bunch of 7th graders playing the game of basketball. As cliche as this may sound, I really don’t care about winning and losing…I just care that they learn to give their all because ,in the end, I can’t control the end score of the game, so why worry about it? What I can worry about is if I gave my all and if my team gave their all.

“Focus all your effort on what is within your power to control.” – Coach Wooden

What we all can control is our own effort and how we conduct ourselves. We can’t control others lives, what they say or do, we can only control what we do and how much effort we put into it. I love coaching especially when I look at the final score and see St. Charles Hawks = Full Effort. Our society puts so much emphasis on winning and losing, which is why we get players and coaches who don’t have/teach character. I hope and pray that by the time I’m done helping coach these kids that they have more character than when the season begin. Character is what is going to propel them in life, not winning a basketball game.

Gotta Love Me Some IU!

I don’t care that our team isn’t good this year…I love being a Hoosier!

 

 

*Be careful what you say about IU if you comment 🙂

Looking Back

Wow…what a crazy couple weeks it has been. Here is a recap of my christmas break (you probably don’t really care, but humor me)

1. Came home and had amazing home cooked meals – This is always a plus to any time I come home. I mean cmon…this is just common sense.

2. Got to hang out with many great and awesome people – This picture represents the “snowbowl” we had. It was a great time of tackle football, blood, and me dominating Gary Bishop III.

3. Went skiing in Minnesota for 4 days – If I had to pick a favorite thing I did this break, this would be it. 4 days of skiing with two awesome guys in Lutsen, Minnesota was completely awesome for me. Although I have really never skied before in my life, I picked it up quick and was able to go down all black diamonds by the end of the third day because Landon Williams kept pushing me to do crazy, adrenaline pumping things which was completely awesome for me. Going down crazy steep mountain tops…going off crazy high jumps…is there anything better for a group of guys to do? I think not.

4. Discovered Mumford and Sons (yes…I know that I am behind on this) – This find has been amazing for me too…like holy cow. Their lyrics are inspiring and thought provoking, and it encourages me to know that a group like this is finally in mainstream music. Listen to them for one full day and you will fall in love.

5. Went to the Colt’s playoff game and got to sit in the most amazing seats (even though we lost, I can’t complain) – The lose did stink…yes…it did very much, but how can I complain getting amazing seats for free and watching a very intense playoff game? No…I will not complain. My pride as a colts fan is not gone…my love for the colts is not gone…and my hate for the jets and the patriots (every game that is played I will hate the Pat’s more and more…sorry colin) is still in full swing. All I can say is this…Go Packers!

So that has been my break…I have a lot more in depth thoughts that I will share in weeks to come, but for now that is all. Sooooo…what did you do this break? I really wanna hear all the different stories!

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I want to blog about my thoughts on Christmas and what this day means, but honestly here is all I’ve got.

I can’t fathom what it means. Today signifies the day never-ending love, grace, kindness, mercy, and redemption entered the world. Today signifies the word “love” being given a whole new meaning. Today signifies so much that I can’t comprehend and understand. How can I try and put it into words?

I CAN’T.


“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”  1 corinthians 13:12

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