Time

Time It’s our most precious resource. We only live so long and we only have so much of it with the ones we love. But where does it all go? Recently, I started a job that’s sort of taking over my life. I leave my house at 6:30 am and I get home at 7:00 pm. This week I worked Monday through Saturday, and the kicker is I’m not even getting paid at this point. This is just training. You probably think I’ve gone a bit mad. The truth is I just found my purpose. You see, when you love something this much, you’re willing to go without a few things. I’ve gone without TV for the most part. It wasn’t a hard transition because I only ever regularly watched the news or the Tomorrow people (which is now canceled). I’ve also gotten much less sleep then I’m...

Obesity

There is an obesity epidemic in this country. I believe in personal responsibility, exercising, and the importance of health. I probably have stronger convictions regarding these things than the majority of the population. With that being said, I think there is a serious problem with food manufacturers in this country. There is a problem with putting products in food for the purpose of making it addictive. I think this practice should be criminal. Yes, obese people need to take steps to having a healthier lifestyle; truthfully it’s something everyone should strive for. How are things like MSG, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup still legal when they are proven to be addictive? There is a difference between good food and addictive food and I...

Growing Up

I was looking back on my life and thinking about things. I am fortunate to have great parents that were always there to guide me through life’s toughest challenges. I remember crying to my father about some conflict I was having; certain it was the end of life as I knew it. He would always tell me the same thing:  “When you are a baby your whole world is your crib. Then you start walking and you realize you have a whole house to go explore. Then you start playing in the backyard and down the street at a friend’s house. Then you go to school and make new friends every year. Eventually, you’ll go off to college and experience even more of the world. I know this seems awful now, but years from now when you have seen more of the world I promise you: this...

The Importance of Church

I have been fortunate to have attended lots of great churches. I’ve met a lot of great people. I like to think of my church family not as members of one particular church; rather, as many believers I’ve met throughout the years. The body of Christ does not refer to one organization, one church or one town; instead, it includes all followers. I have been blessed to make lots of solid friendships with people. When I got married most of our guest were either our actual family, or members of our church family. When my husband and I moved out on our own, our family and extended church family was there. When I decided to become a teacher, I talked to a lot of great teachers I know from church. They gave me solid advice and commended me for wanting to teach high...

Mental Illness and Christianity

Warning. I am writing this essay to reflect my personal views. I am not a pastor or religious authority of any kind and my views do not reflect those of my church or any other organization I am a part of. This is my opinion and not proven fact. I will tell you a story about a friend of mine. For the sake of her family and our friends I am not going to use her name or any identifying information about how I know her other than what is necessary and critical to the story. I once knew this girl. She was an incredible person. I did not know her well but I was immediately impressed with her. She was in ministry and she was probably the first person  new comers would meet. She was outgoing and giving. She was the type of person that has such a solid walk with Jesus and...

Pastors

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to work in ministry and be a pastor. Let’s just say it’s not a job for the faint of heart. From my insurance agent days I remember that pastors are considered uninsurable for most life insurance policies. There are certainly much more dangerous professions: crab fisherman, underwater welder, holding public office as a Kennedy (J/K). In all seriousness, being a pastor is probably the hardest job out there. I am fortunate to have had many great pastors in my life. My grandmother raised four of them. But what does the job really take? Well you gotta have tough skin. You can’t be afraid of criticism, personal attacks on yourself and your family, or long hours. You have to be beyond reproach. The book of James...

New Beginings

Its official! I’m going to be a high school English teacher. I’ve been accepted into a fellowship program that starts May 27th. I take my state board certification in 2 weeks. I am enrolled in online prep course work through the program.  On May 27th I’ll hit the ground running teaching summer school in Maryville in the morning and being coached and mentored in the afternoon. A typical day will go from 7 am to 7 pm. I’m excited to be doing something new and hope to finally find the purpose in my life I’ve been searching for so long now. I can’t believe how fast the time goes by. It seems like yesterday they called me to have me finish my application and now it’s going to be here before I know it. I’m scared though, in a way, because it’s such an...