I am not involved in any academic organizations but I am involved in the media ministry at my church. I enjoy this ministry because I assist the pastor with conveying God’s word. I ensure that scriptures are presented as the pastor delivers his message. I display lyrics to songs and church activities on the projector screen.
I also create power point slides for holidays and special events that are taking place in the church. My role in the ministry requires accuracy, timing, creativity and paying close attention. I take pride in my responsibilities and feel that what I do contributes to the church.
“There could never be a more beautiful you” is the lyric sung by Christian artist Johnny Diaz in his song “Beautiful You.” Last week, this lyric constantly played in my head over and over. While the song is a toe tapper, I started to think about times I tried alter myself to blend in but who hasn’t, right? I would act out in ways I thought were “cool” but then I felt stupid afterwards. I knew better. I knew before I did the stupid action but I felt as if I had something to prove, which is nothing. Now that I am older I realized it isn’t any fun pretending to be someone you’re not. It is seriously BORING! “Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops, they make you jump through.” I am warning you: do not buy into the things that those people, ‘your friends’ are telling you. They are setting you up for failure, humiliation, and emotional turmoil. It is not worth any of it. I’ve been there and done it and I can testify that it is exhausting. No one can be a better you than you. Once you’ve found your sense of self, you will be on your way.
Now that you’ve found who you truly are, no one can tell you any different. How does it feel to be you? I can tell you it feels great. Knowing who you are as a person and the direction you are headed in is unbelievable. All of those doubts are starting to leave your mind and positive affirmations are coming in full effect. Most times it doesn’t happen right away but in order to fully embrace the new you, you have to believe and accept all of your flaws. “And God’s says, I’m gonna turn it into something different, I’m gonna turn it into something good, I’m gonna take all the broken pieces, And make something beautiful like only I could.” Steven Curtis Chapman sings this in his song “Something Beautiful” and it totally gives me that extra push to just be me and live life to the fullest.
If I had a theme song it would be “Alien” by F.L.A.M.E. This would be my theme song because I am not like everyine else. I don’t party too much or drink every weekend and have real life issues that go on. I have a strong faith in God and I am not ashamed of it. It is because of my faith that I cannot do what everyone else does and I have to live above the influence. The song is basically saying that Christians are aliens because they represent Christ and don’t follow the “in” crowd.
It’s so nice to not only be starting a new year, but a whole new selection of classes. Break was most definitely not long enough for a large portion of us I would assume! Even so, it was much needed and well-deserved.
What are your resolutions for 2014? Maybe you only have one? Well, if I could say anything for you to keep in mind, it would be to trust Christ’s plans for you; seriously, let Jesus take the wheel. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing our lives be pieced together day by day with just a little Faith and Thanksgiving for all that you have been given. Even if you seem to always be busy, God is everywhere, ready and willing to converse with you and listen to your concerns.
Let’s be honest – life gets super stressful and it’s as if we can’t do anything about it. Sometimes, we really do have to just accept what’s happening in our lives. Other times, turn to God. Trust Him so that with each day and each moment you put your trust in Him, He will lift more of life’s burdens off of you.
I hope this tidbit of TLC empowers those who are reading! I know it does for me, so remember, God loves you inside and out. He, although maybe unlike others, will always be by your side.
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In a previous post, I briefly wrote about moving forward. Shortly after posting, I realized that I think, talk and write about this subject quite a bit. It must be pretty important to me, huh? Still, I find myself stuck in the same spot in a few areas of my life and I’m asking, “Why […]
Hello, I'm Elizabeth but you can call me Lizzie. I am a natural-born St. Louis resident and a Vietnamese-American. My family is from Vietnam. I am an art major and currently a freshman. I hope to learn many things and become a great student for Fontbonne.
Hey! My name is Valerie Kathryn Amerlan. I have most recently embraced my middle name, so forgive me if it's too long :) I am a returning sophomore and a Psychology Major here at Fontbonne. I am studying to be an Occupational Therapist. This city has become my second home, and that is something that I still can't believe is coming from my small town, country mind. I love people and meeting/making new friends. I am very social and I try to be a breath of fresh air. It may sound annoying to some people, but I try to be as positive as possible. I want to find the good in everyday and in everyone. Why focus on the negative? Because it's real? So is the positive stuff :)