So here I am back in Sunny Florida (wait I never left, but that's beside the point). Since I started this blog at the end of my time in Ft. Myers, I thought I would give a little overview of my time there. It was life-changing and I have never had a clearer understanding of God's will for my life.
There were 18 other people in the COAT experience with me, all from different walks of life, but all very loving and caring people. I felt privileged that they shared their heart with me and it was an honor for me to share my heart with them. I grew to love and cherish these people and their friendships. I'll blog another time about some experiences with them.
I also learned more about myself and who God views me as. I'll be honest and say that I came from a very dark place when I started COAT, but now I am in such a better place. I have received and given love that has healed me and made me more whole in God. I also realized the full meaning of my call in God. It wasn't that I was leaving youth ministry when I decided to devote my life to mission, but that I was going to help take youth ministry to the youth who do not have it overseas. It was an amazing revelation and I stood in awe of how God had led me to this point in my journey.
There is so much more I can talk about, but I'll save it for another time since I am about to meet my mom and nephews for lunch. Ahh Chick-Fil-A. . .How I love your chicken.
Until next time. . .
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So I watched Elizabethtown tonight with some of the guys from the house. I remember now why I liked the movie so much. It's a movie with a lot of randomness in it, yet it all comes together in the end. Orlando Bloom (Drew) and Kirsten Dunst (Claire) have great chemistry together, which really makes the film. Anyways, I thought I would put some of my favorite quotes from the movie. Here they are:
Claire: Trust me. Everybody is less mysterious than they think they are.
Claire: I'm impossible to forget, but I'm hard to remember.
Drew: There's a diffrence between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is merely the absence of success. Any fool can achieve failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of epic propotions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to other's to make other people feel more alive because it didn't happen to them.
Claire: So you failed. Alright you really failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you're still smiling.
Claire: Men see things in a box, and women see them in a round room
Claire: I think I've been asleep most of my life
Drew: Me too.
Drew: No true fiasco ever began as a quest for mere adequacy. A motto of the British Special Air Force is: 'Those who risk, win.' A single green vine shoot is able to grow through cement. The Pacific Northwestern salmon beats itself bloody on it's quest to travel hundreds of miles upstream against the current, with a single purpose, sex of course, but also... life
So there you have it. Take risks, and when you fail, stick around. Smile. Make people wonder why you are smiling.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
So I decided to start a blog. Congrats if you found it. I right now sit at the guy's house in Ft. Myers, FL dreading next Saturday. That is when I leave here. It's not that I don't want to see my friends in Orlando, it's just that I love it here so much. I am a completely different person now then what I was when I got here. I am afraid that I will revert back to the person I was when I go home. But I don't think that will happen, hopefully because I will have accountability set up when I get home. So anyways, that's what I am thinking right now. I'll try to keep you updated as best I can. See you later. . . alligator :)