Monday, December 13, 2010

The End

My first day on campus, I drove over the sidewalk and nearly died of mortification.

My first year, I completed a triathlon and ran a half-marathon.

The second year, my sister came :)

The third year, I became a nurse!

I just finished the last semester: a BSN graduate.

No longer does driving over sidewalks embarrass me (in fact
I don't do it anymore because I've learned
where the sidewalks are!).
I've participated in the triathlon many years as I've been at Southern. 
My sister is now going to have a year without me,
as I did without her.

I leave so many things behind: memories, friends, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Its the end.

But wait!

I take something with me! I take my degree. I take a deeper understanding of what it means to
be a Christian, an Adventist, and what it means to serve. I take memories. While I leave friends
behind, I don't leave behind what they have meant to me. I take away from Southern somthing
I didn't have when I came: a college education and the ability to put it to use.

Now this is my prayer:

  Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine,
 It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

In, Yet Out

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, 
but that thou shouldest keep them from evil."
~ John 17:15


"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will 
come again, and receive you unto myself; that where
 I am, there ye may be also."
~ John 14:3

but this has to happen first:

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,
I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world. Amen!"
~ Matthew 28:19-20

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Lost Art

Today I had to tell someone where to put an address on an envelope.

Writing by hand is definitely becoming a lost art
(as evidenced by using the internet to post this piece of information!)

But at least I know where to put an address on an envelope.
And still hand-write letters. ;)

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Day I Lay My Isaac Down

I have a prayer as pure as gold

That where You lead me I will go
And I'll embrace the holy plea
Each time Your Spirit calls to me

And in that hour, and in that time
When I must lose my will in Thine
My true devotion will be found
The day I lay my Isaac down

Each sacrifice You call me to
I'll die to self, I'll live for You 
Take up the cross forsake the crown
The day I lay my Isaac down

Your Lamb of Love Thy blessed friend
Nailed to the alter for each sin
There in my place Your Son was bound
The day You laid Your Isaac down

~ Scott Krippayne

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Carpenters Shop

The bench was well-situated. Anything the carpenter did could be seen from it. Yet I shifted restlessly around while I watched. It all seemed so slow to me. One shaving at a time, he patiently worked the wood, seemingly unaware of my fidgeting.

"I think I've got it, " I said at last, "Thanks for the lesson. I can probably do it now."

"There are still many things I could show you, why don't you stay a while longer?"

"Thanks, I think I can do it. I've got the important stuff down."

"You've got the main concepts, but its the little things I haven't shown you yet that make the trade. Stay a little while more." He patiently went back to shaving.

 I sighed. I could do it, I knew I could. After all, wasn't he the best carpenter around? I'd watched for a long time. All you do it move the plane back and forth along the board.

The carpenter straightened up. "Why don't you work here with me?" he invited.

"I want to go somewhere else," I replied, "There is more to do out there and I'll get more experience. Besides,   everyone says theres a lot of need for carpenters in surrounding areas."

"There is a lot of work here, " he reminded, "And we can do it together. I'll show you some areas that you can work on to improve."


"You can be useful here. There are people all around you and more come in every day."

"It seems more exciting to go further away. People  think about you differently when they know you are out on your own."

"I don't. It doesn't matter to me whether you are working here with me or if you go far away. Its work that needs to be done, child. Don't wait to use your talents till the situation seems perfect. Using them now will gain you experience and at the same time help those who need it."

" the humblest duties and lowliest positions of life, we may walk and work 
with Jesus..... You are not to wait for great occasions or to expect
extraordinary abilities before you go to work for God. You need not have
a thought of what the world will think of you. If your daily
life is a testimony of the purity and sincerity of your faith, and others are
convinced that you desire to benefit them, your efforts will not be 
wholly lost."
~ Steps to Christ pgs. 82 & 83