I love days like today. It's cold outside and I'm in my warm bed working on my laptop on a writing assignment. Technology is awesome.
I may have quoted this line in a previous post on this blog, but I can't quite recall. Anyway, I was reading a bit of Lewis' The Great Divorce, and I had to smile when I read the following line from the character George MacDonald:
There are two types of people in the world. Those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done."
That's a bit of a paraphrase, but I think the quote is pretty close. I don't have the book right in front of me. For those who may not know, MacDonald was Lewis' primary inspiration and, I believe, his most beloved author. Lewis was a MacDonald fanboy. I still intend to read MacDonald one of these days.
I had to tool around my alma mater yesterday for about 30 minutes, waiting for a photo client to show up. I've always appreciated the beautiful architecture and landscaping of Baylor University, but, despite that, today I had an epiphany of sorts: I'm glad I'm no longer a college student.
I wouldn't mind taking a couple of classes (sans the classmates), and I'm not against higher learning at all. In fact I think I've learned more about everything since graduating from BU almost 10 years ago now; BU sort of helped set the stage for a love of learning, because I certainly didn't possess much of that love in high school. Furthermore, I think my college years gave me a certain awareness to the need for critical thinking, and that's definitely a good thing. I also learned a heck of a lot about journalism and photojournalism. My time at BU wasn't wasted, though I wish I had learned so much more.
Here are a few things that I especially don't miss about my undergrad years:
- cheap chips and salsa (the key word being "cheap")
- ramen noodles
- continual fast food (though at the time I was blind, thinking continual fast food feasts were awesome)
- being forced to take classes that I wasn't interested in (e.g. badminton)
- believing the lie that I never had any time when in fact I had all the time in the world
- book store bills
- the list goes on forever
If you're in college, enjoy it. If you're out, be thankful.
Days like today remind me of how completely and utterly dependent upon the grace of God I am. Days like today remind me how fickle I am. Days like today remind me how sovereign He is, and how frail I am. Days like today make me feel like a true Calvinist.
Brandi and I just saw Fireproof again with a couple of couples from our Lifegroup. Wow! I absolutely love that movie. It was just as good the second time.
Another cool thing: the movie was made by a Baptist Church but they offer an entire section of Catholic Resources on their official website. I love it when the fresh winds of ecumenism blow through our Christian faith.
... but there's so much on my mind." -- King's X
I've actually been relatively busy lately. I shot a wedding three weekends ago; I shot World Mandate last week; and I played in a chess tournament this past Saturday. All of that on top of normal day-to-day duties makes for a more hectic schedule. This weekend Brandi and I should be able to relax a bit and maybe catch up on things like oil changes, cat feedings, and things of that nature.