I went to Main Event primarily for social reasons. I figured it would also be a good time to worship God through music and hearing a lot about him, but I considered that it would simply be another advantage and not so much my focus. It turns out this idea was wrong. God totally used this weekend to tell me some things. One of the biggest is that Japan still matters and missions still matter and that if I’m not going, I better be staying for the right reasons. So I’m evaluating my reasons to make sure they’re legit and not excuses.
One of the other big things is the importance of spending time with him. Having been a Christian most of my life, it would seem like this should be obvious. I know about it, for sure, but so often it’s easy to put aside the simple things like spending time reading the Bible in order to run off and gratify my own selfish desires. That ain’t cool! I need to spend more time listening to him and talking to him.
My primary reason for going was also satisfied. Thursday night, I got to Kansas State and was able to spend a large amount of time with Allie and also go to Nav Nite. The time together with Allie was wonderful. God gave us some good opportunities to talk and he certainly answered some prayers.
I really enjoyed seeing my other friends as well including many from this summer like Engle, Larry, Leslie, and others. I saw some friends from Nebraska including Cora, Jake, and Double-J. There’s also Jenny who somehow seems no longer a Nebraskan while she’s wearing purple, but is certainly not somebody I would consider a “Wildcat” yet. But she’s a friend, so the color doesn’t matter.
As soon as I finish posting this, I’m gonna get ready and drive up to Lincoln and spend the rest of today there before heading home tomorrow. Yay for that!
This is me signing off. G’day.
The job search continues for me and several others. Denny’s fell through for sure and I still haven’t heard back from the place I interviewed. I took a couple tests at a temp agency today for a data entry job and apparently I’m the only one of several Navs here that took it and qualified. I guess 100 words per minute is a “good thing.” Unlike Jake, I currently have use of all ten fingers. QOTD: “I can feel my fingers!” (If Cora has never used that phrase she’s said things similar to it before.)
This morning I drove Nkem and Nick to “work.” They picked up a temp job delivering the yellow pages that should last for about two weeks. I almost stayed there, but I didn’t actually sign up for that job through the temp agency they went through. That’ll be another option to approach later in the week if nothing else works. One thing I realized though is that looking for just any job – whatever can be found – brings you in touch with people you might not usually associate with. I felt out of place when I dropped Nkem off and I’ve been trying to think of why. Different people, different circumstances, different lives? But they all have one thing in common: in some sense or another they’re desperate.
But aren’t we all spiritually desperate? Without Jesus, anyway.
Eh, anyway, halfway completed thoughts. We’ll have another workshop tonight and I need to spend some time on Bible study today. I’ll also meet with Engle (my team leader) for a bit of mentoring.
Keep praying for the people who don’t have jobs yet. I don’t know the exact number, but I think about ten of us still need to find or be called back about jobs. Other then that, I think God’s got a lot he wants to teach us all but there’s resistance. Some thingsin my life I don’t want to change and then there’s other pressures not to change, yet many aspects of my life need changing. Pray for myself and all of us in that way.
That’s all for now. Latez.
Update (6:15PM): So apparently my incredible typing skills are going to result in me getting a data entry job tomorrow. This is not finalized yet, but it seems nearly sure. w00t!