I love words. Writing, reading, speaking...words are incredible. Take these lyrics from one of my recent favorite Christian hardcore rock/metal bands, called "We Came As Romans."
We’ve planted a seed, an ever growing wonder to a beautiful tree. Grow.
Each branch outstretched and different from the last.
Where the old have broken, some easier than the last.
The right ones have grown in to fill in the gaps.
And all are equal in love and trust.
And all are a part of something so much bigger than this.
Through the trials our tongues are tied, to trying times, so many unsaid lines.
Our lives were over at so many moments, so many.
And now they’re all just beginning.
I have never been so consumed and I have never loved it more.
To be devoted to letting all see what it is to live in the love of others.
To live in the love of my brothers.
And spilling back all that anyone has ever spilled for me.
To show that to those who have never seen.
Four years ago we planted a seed.
Found that foundation that we need.
Strived for the perfect balance, to show love and show compassion.
And our vision for this world will not die when we are dead.
My future started with the first note I ever played.
The first note that was ever sang.
When we started living with purpose and writing with meaning.
This is what we were made for.
Every day I live this future.
I decided that I'd start writing a children's story, but one that my peers would enjoy reading and I would enjoy writing. It's actually more work than I thought it would be, but I'm learning quite a bit as a go.
Yesterday I called Youth For Christ and told them that I'd like to start working for them. They said they had no positions available, but after a few minutes of hearty back-and-forthing, they realized I was being sincere when I said it didn't matter. I'm really interested to see what God has for me with them, I love what they do and the heart behind the organization. I wonder what God is doing there, and what He'll do in me? I'll be volunteering until a staff position opens up.
This morning I woke up, started my day, then checked my phone to see several sweet, encouraging texts from my Lady. Definitely an unexpected bright start to my Saturday. Even just a few sentences of sincere encouragement are surprisingly powerful to the recipient, I would encourage you to try it a few times. It really strengthens your relationship and interactions with that person in a huge way, definitely give it a shot.
Random fact: "a shot" is actually a length of 44.3602943 millimeters. Cool, huh?