Sunday, April 28, 2013

I Am Second

Andrew’s 100 Word Story

Before following God, I was living for myself. Everything I did was about me.  I didn’t care about helping others.

I gave my life to Christ, but I didn’t live like it. Destructive habits and pride continued.

During high school, God used my Dad and others to show me by example what it means to serve others and surrender my whole life to Christ.

Since making the decision to intentionally live out my faith, Jesus has given my life direction and purpose. I’ve a new joy in serving others. I still face struggles, but I’m comforted knowing God will always be there for me.

My name is Andrew, and I am second.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Choosing A College

Wow. Talk about pressure. I've made a lot of decisions in my life, (some good, some bad) but I've never actually had the opportunity to choose exactly where and how to spend the next four years of my life. College is a big decision. Depending on this decision I could either wind up with a job I love, or a job I hate. I can set myself up for financial success, or burden myself with debt. I could go off on a giant adventure and experience something new in California or Alabama, I could stay close to home, or I could move back to the northwest near friends. 

After much prayer and thought I've decided to stay closer to home to attend New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. It's the only school that's offered me a full-ride scholarship, so it definitely makes sense financially. It also has a fantastic hospitality management program for me to explore. It's a very "safe" choice, which bugs me a little bit. I've played it safe almost my entire life, and playing it safe with my first major decision as an adult doesn't feel quite right. However, I've got my entire life left to have adventures, and the world's still wide open after college. Besides, going to a secular school will be an adventure in itself, since most of my high school friends are Christians. God's definitely given me a great opportunity to be an example and to grow in my faith while also being "out there" in the real world.

I know this transition into the next phase of my life will be difficult, but I'm not going to let my life stall. I'm going to actively try to become the person God wants me to be, and this is the right step to take right now. I'm excited, to say the least!