#19


It’s great to be back in College Station to begin a new semester, making new friends, meeting my new roommate, and starting new classes. Yes, Sterling, the old roommate, moved to an apartment. We certainly got along, but he wanted more space so he moved off-campus. My new roommate, Scott, is an Animal Science major from Round Rock. He’s a nice guy and very easy to live. The biggest difference is bedtimes. I rarely go to bed before 2am; he’s in bed before midnight. Since he has 8 o’clocks everyday and I have 3, he’s helping me get up for those early labs. Speaking of classes, I am taking all lab classes (engineering, math, physics, and chemistry), but it’s only 14 credit hours. This is the semester that makes or breaks the engineering students at A&M. Also, this weekend was the Freshman Leadership Development Retreat (FLDR), and I had so much fun. Of the many stories, I think the most memorable ones are the friendships I made with the Fish in Squadron 3 in the Core (or the T-Birds). If there were some way I could be in two places at once, I would be both a T-Bird and a Non-Reg (not in the Core). There’s not a chance in the world I’d join the Core, and being called an honorary member of the T-Birds by those guys was awesome. Speaking of the Sq3 guys, let me know if anyone else wants to be added to the list. And now for something different…

As I mentioned I went on FLDR this weekend, but I was close to not going. I really did not want to sit through a bunch of workshops with people telling me the secular doctrine for success, how to climb a corporate a ladder, how to make contacts with people that can help me make more money, etc. My assumptions for the weekend could not have been farther from reality, and I left with a renewed sense of purpose for this semester. The speakers emphasized that success was not measured in money, power, or status. To them, success was finding what you had a passion for and chasing after it with everything. I couldn’t agree more. America is too career oriented and too interested in salaries. A career should not dictate the direction of you life. Instead, we can live desiring good and seeking it wherever our days takes us, being swept up in heavenly love, wrapped tight in wings of grace. No matter how much stuff a person can accumulate in a lifespan, it will never satisfy him. To the life completely surrendered in faithful obedience to loving others and God, he will intimately know joy and peace. Please choose to live today in the present even in the tough times… under wings of Gold and Silver sometimes we have to hide.

-Reese

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, then we will live and do this or that.’ As it is you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.”(James 4:13-16)

“…‘but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24)