Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cruising Along...

So it's been a bit since I let you all know how things are going...I'm freaking loving my RA job here at school currently...I have a huge range of personalities and its totally cool...Every guy so far thinks I'm cool (Shh....Don't let them know the truth :) But it's just cool to have guys that hang and love being around you and each other...They are from all walks of faith too...I have some dudes who just don't give a rip about God...And I have a couple dudes who put my faith to shame...It's solid...From my "outside" perspective, I can see some of how God is working and moving and how his plan is...I can see why certain people maybe were put here on this floor and why certain roommates are paired...Now I obviously don't know everything going on in God's head, but it's just cool to see how God works and then responding to that...I will talk to dudes about their personal life, about their girlfriends back home...About what they want to be...About how they like this college...About the sport they play here...It's amazing to me how open people will get when you just make them feel comfortable where they are at...Maybe that is part of the problem with how we go about Christianity today, especially in America...We think we are going to bring someone into a church they have never been in and have been slightly scared of, and we think we can convert them in 5 minutes...A personal relationship with Jesus takes time to grow...You don't become the thirteenth disciple overnight...I think that is how we have to approach anyone at all...It's gonna take some freaking time to get close enough to someone so that you can share things about God that you really wanted them to know in the first twenty minutes you knew them...They weren't ready then and we just need to practice something that we all suck at: Patience...Waiting for God's will is probably one the crappiest most beautiful things ever... God's timing is perfect...We have to be able to see the spectrum of that and how we fit in the middle of the beginning and end...We need to realize that our timing here is a blip in the grand scheme...Investing a year or two, or more in someone's life with no strings attached is nothing compared to what the end result will be because of that investment...Stop caring for ourselves and possessions and start caring for people...Wherever they are in life...It is kind of what Jesus did...Where have we gone wrong? When did we lose sight of what mattered? I struggle with this everyday...I am guilty as you...Seriously have some prayer for it in your life, for people close to you on this...I want to stop caring for bullcrap that doesn't matter and start caring for eternal stuff...

Thanks for listening...

6 comments:

mel said...

Awesome writing Jake! This post gave me chills and encouragement. You're so right..we need patience and a lot more of it!! God works in ways that are his own. We can put him in a box and expect him to work as we do, but than he wouldn't be God. You have a heart that is open for HIM and he'll move mountains for you! Warmly, Melissa

Carly said...

Hi Mel! .......

and Jake you are AWESOME!

"Stop caring for ourselves and possessions and start caring for people...Wherever they are in life...It is kind of what Jesus did..."

You just hit the nail on the head. It is all well and good to go to church on Sundays and sing and clap your hands, and praise God with a big voice. . . but what about the other 6 days of the week, what are we doing to help others?

You are going to go far in this life Jake! I loved how you wrote about easing NEW people into finding God. Your right they won't be converted in 5 minutes, in may take 5 years!

Jennifer Lynn said...

I really like reading your posts. Just thought I'd let you know :)

Julie said...

Preach it.

Carly said...

Thanks for your prayers for Scarlett Jake, she is on the mend praise God!

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