After a few years of being in the first stage I was in the dogmatic faith stage. In this stage, I was applying myself ceaselessly to earning the love and approval of the Supreme Being (Gold, 2010). I thought I was doing the work of the lord and that if I did that I would be an important person for it. I never wanted to do the wrong thing and even was very over worried about my sexual behaviors or openness to start doing things in that realm as a high school student. At the same time, I think that church was a good and stable place for me to be at that time regardless, but looking back it seems to be a pretty foolish way of thinking that it was the only way to do right in the world.
When we tell them they’re special, we’re merely echoing what educators, coaches, and parents have told them their whole lives. But when we present a ravishing vision of a loving and holy God, it just might get their attention and capture their hearts as well” (from the blog post “Millennials Don’t Need a Hipper Pastor, They Need a Bigger
After a few weeks of trying to suppress this feeling of emptiness I had gained from not going to church, I decided that it was unavoidable; I still wanted to be a part of the church, despite the fact that my family did not. The thought of being different from the rest of my family scared me, but eventually, I gathered enough courage to ask my parents to take me to church again. At first, they snickered like hyenas and teased me, but once they saw the stern look on my face, their howling ceased and they agreed. Choosing to continue going to church despite being the only one in my family has marked my transition from childhood to adulthood. Because of one decision, I was completely changed.
The Honor Society helped me stay motivated while enrolled in the Washington State University (WSU) Mechanical Engineering Program. I made the decision to go back to school and earn my Mechanical Engineering degree. It was a difficult decision at the time as I was working fulltime as a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Programmer in the aerospace industry and my husband and I had just had a baby. I realized that engineering was my passion and I would do whatever it took to earn the degree. I had already completed the course requirements for the first two years of the mechanical engineering program and decided to quit my job and go back to school fulltime.
I remember thinking that night, ‘these are the kind of people I want to be surrounded by’. Ever since then, I started to surround myself with loving people, and consequently, my life became much brighter. I was anxiety free, I felt a lot more happy, and I felt like my faith grew stronger than ever. Relationships with people who are connected to the body of Christ encourage me to seek His light. I am convicted that APU has a strong Christian community filled with great people that I know would make me a better servant of
Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul.…. let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, (and) in GOD.” This story, I think is true to all parents who are here present and to all the parents in the world. You may not have written to you children’s teachers; however, I believe you share the same sentiment as President Lincoln. You all desire to see your children being taught the right Moral Values and Christian virtues which are invaluable riches and treasures compared to being wealthy and
I regret to say, I had to discontinue my classes which turned out to be for a few years. I 'm now so excited and hopeful of being able to further my education and provide my with the needed tools and skill set to change my career and the necessary time to allow me to do so with commitment and dedication. Not to mention the fact that I 'm now in classes I not only find interesting, but already have a little knowledge in the subjects. I find having a Christian based education alone is a huge helpful step in the right direction. I feel once I get past my computer struggles (mine is needing repair, and I 'm waiting for financial aid to help cover the cost), I feel like I 'll be fully ready and able to apply myself in a way that will allow my full potential and success.
I realized that the position where I stood was one highly anticipated and wanted in my heart. I was overjoyed that I could finally help others in their time of misunderstanding and doubt. Many years went like this, helping others and achieving high grades, but I realized that something was wrong. I didn’t invest myself in my partners. To truly enhance a group’s work, one needed to initiate a deeper understanding with one another to create greater solutions and outcomes.
My alarm begins to bark in my ear as I open my eyes to see the bright screen of my phone reading 6:05. I struggle to move from my bed while playing tug of war with my sheets. Today is the morning of graduation rehearsal, today is the start of one of the longest yet most fulfilling weeks of my life. For the past four years of my life I have been sketching out a blueprint on how I plan to build my future. Going to college, becoming a teacher and aiding those to build their paths.
I began my volunteering hours when I could, so that way I knew I would have a lot of time to finish them. My family have always encouraged me to improve as a man, and volunteering truly fits into that classification. As I keep getting more established, I now realize that helping other people truly makes you feel better about yourself as it serves to develop a sense of empathy for others. Volunteering has impacted me since I realize that when I help other people out, it lights up their day, and they truly appreciate getting assistance from another person that thinks about them. There have been numerous impacts that