There have been so many times that I have wanted to come on here and blog. God has been doing so much in my life and has been teaching me so much. I really want to start blogging more regularly. I guess I need to set aside time every couple days to do so.
Whenever I blog I always try to keep in mind the length, because I know that you do not have hours to read what I write. So keeping that in mind, but wanting to unload the blog topics that have been building up in my mind, I have decided to write the short thoughts and not develop them (so this blog will seem all over the place). Then I will try to blog more regularly so the topics do not build up again.
My 5K went well. I had a few friends come with me so it was nice to be able to hang out with and celebrate with them. It was fun and I reached a new personal best. My goal was to finish in 30 minutes (about which I was very skeptical), and I finished in 29:42. Woohoo! Running with others sped up my pace a bit, and the excitement and adrenaline from the event kept me pumped up and distracted. So the running was good, but I am not so sure I am crazy about running in races like that. I wrote before about liking the longer, harder runs because they emptied me and pointed me to Jesus. I cannot really attribute my great success in this race to my dependence on Christ; I was more dependent on my adrenaline. So whether I do another one or not I have not decided. The good thing that came out of it was motivation to run that far on my own, and thus emptying me and pointing me to Christ. So, we will see.
Of the family with whom I am currently living there is a boy in high school. They just had their prom last weekend and were talking about it on Monday. The boy was saying how of the people that he had interacted with that day, about 47% of them were talking about having sex after prom. : O 4 7 % Ugh, it just makes my heart drop to hear the saddened state of our high schools these days. And if that is not bad enough, it just pumps up my desire to be doing ministry with Student Venture. If I am not careful with it I can quickly get frustrated with God for "taking so long" to bring enough partners onto my team so that I can get out on the front lines. Sometimes it is so hard to keep myself in check. But I cannot save the world and there are people already out there whom God is using. So I guess I can wait until he is ready for me (or until I am ready) to get out on the field.
I am currently reading through Judges...and it is aWeSoMe! Previously I was struggling to get through the Old Testament. I had the wrong perspective. My goal was to get through it just to get through it. Once I changed my perspective to seek to learn about God it became not only tolerable, but pleasurable and desireable. Now I am excited each night as I climb in bed for my "story time". Reading through Old Testament stories and looking at what, how and why God is doing is teaching me/reminding me a lot about God but also bringing up some questions. Like last night, I read that God sent an evil spirit between to Abimelech and the leaders of Shechem (Judges 9:23). How could God do that, does that not contradict with his goodness? Things like that I just do not understand about God.
Well, that is probably enough for now, but be looking for more posts coming soon! : )