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The Fabulous Year of Change

13.09.2011
"Sakura" in Japanese, no?

One could say I've changed... I'd like to say I've blossomed. Laugh if you must.

It’s been a while.

No, that’s an understatement. It’s been year. And a day. (OK, not quite… but you catch my drift.)

I’m getting ready to graduate the program I was so eager to begin. I completed my first triathlon. I’ve practically overhauled my entire philosophy on fitness, food, and wellness. From what I hear, I’m one of few nursing students that walk away from the experience healthier.
In that same vein, I had to come to grips with a devastating eating disorder and confess it to my parents. (Who knows if they even take me seriously?) Had an amazing experience, and discovered great joy, in singing with my church’s worship band; my relationship with God has strengthened and is continually maturing. In fact, today I started discipleship classes with my mother! (THAT should be interesting…)

In this midst of this awakening, I’m finding that I’m much smarter than I give myself credit; I’m more mature than people twice my age; I’ve been blessed with many abilities to understand, adapt, discern, empathize… the list goes on. I couldn’t be more grateful!

If it sounds like I’m being a bit of a braggart, then please forgive my doing so, but that’s exactly what’s going on here. For once, I’m giving myself credit, and perhaps that’s the greatest gift that my education has given me. With graduation fast approaching, I may have a very real chance of being the top graduate in my rotation. Who knows if that will actually happen, as I’m sure there are others in the night class that have done phenomenally well, themselves… BUT even finishing this program is major to me. Who never finishes anything. Ever. (I mean, come on… I couldn’t keep up with a blog!)
To have even the possibility of finishing at or near the top after the rocky start I had in college is truly a testament to what I am capable of. (“…through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 YES, I went there.)

Do you happen to remember that I’m an elitist?

Well, I must comment on this while I have the forum. You see, in the thousands of dollars and countless hours I spent at UTSA trying to pass a few select courses (others I let fall by the wayside just because I was… dumb), I think I met maybe one professor that I truly appreciated. In probably just about the same amount of time (total), and about as much money, I’ve met at least five instructors that have made a big influence on me. On one campus. At my disposal. And one, I daresay, is a genius… and she has personally told me that she will accept nothing less than medical school from me.

Screw the fact that none of the credits I’ve earned at Kaplan will transfer to mainstream academic. ‘Cause you know what? THAT boost of confidence, THAT letter of recommendation, especially from THAT level of professional… completely priceless. I’m honored, truly. While I won’t name names, those that have learned from her know exactly who I’m talking about. So thank you.

With that, though, I do believe I need to sleep. Pediatrics exam in the AM. Let’s hope I didn’t jinx myself. haha
I’m going to leave you with my latest inspiration obsession. ❤

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First post: Sophistication

03.05.2010

I’m new to this, but my parents always said I had a knack for writing, so I figured I’d give it a try.I’m a twenty-three year old with a lot of opinions and I just need an outlet. So here I am!

so-phis-ti-cat-ed: [suh-fis-ti-key-tid] adjective

1. (of a person, ideas, tastes, manners, etc.) altered by education, experience, etc., so as to be worldly-wise; not naive

2. pleasing or satisfactory to the tastes of sophisticates

3. deceptive; misleading

4. complex or intricate, as a system, process, piece of machinery, or  the like

5. of, for, or reflecting educated taste, knowledgeable use, etc.

This morning, sitting in church, Pastor Terry was talking about sophistication and Christianity, and how they don’t relate to one another.

Really? They can’t coexist peacefully with one another?

It drives me nuts that “scholars” lean toward Darwinism or the Big Bang Theory. Those of you who call yourselves scholars should be ashamed. Take another look!

I love science; the human body and medicine are my favorite subjects, without question; but the thought that this perfect creation and all that makes it up just came from a little dust and/or evolved from monkey cells out of nothingness is disheartening. Depressing, even.
Look at the structure and function of our cells: our body has the ability to generate its own electricity and convert sugar to fuel. All of the little blood cells in our body move in a stream of plasma… this viscous fluid made up of water and electrolytes, etc. Our skin can regenerate itself, our eyes are more fascinating than the latest camera (which can never compare to our own lens capability), our hair is literally protein extracted from what we consume…
Did NATURE honestly create something this perfect? Is nature actually capable of creating, or is it really just responding to what is?

God is responsible for this perfection.

I am comforted and humbled knowing that this Master Creator, Literary Genius, Physicist Extraordinaire, Omnipotent, All-Knowing, Supreme Being loves and cares for ME more than anything else. All He wants is for me to acknowledge, love, trust, and know Him so that I may one day rejoin His Kingdom.

Do you know any expert more impressive than He? Are your connections with your friend-who-knows-this-guy-that-knows-the-cousin-of-Miley-Cyrus more important than where you’ll be spending eternity?

Our society is so twisted and becoming more and more shameful by the day. I’m embarrassed to even admit the generation I belong to because of how idiotic most of my peers are.
To my peers reading: Pull your heads out of your butts. Seriously. Pull the stupid earbuds out, take off your blinders, and take notice to what’s going on around you. Apocalypse is imminent. What have you done to help your fellow man? Do you care about anyone other than yourself? Try going to a homeless shelter once and seeing how the other side lives. Maybe your brand new Nike hi-tops (which are disgusting and so 80s) won’t matter so much then, knowing that you’re fortunate enough to have shoes. Pick up a book for once and learn about how healthcare or the government works. Vote!

EDUCATE YOURSELF.

The truth is: the more educated one becomes, the more logical it should become to cultivate a relationship with Christ. Share your knowledge with those that don’t know Him and make the world a more tolerable place to live until we all go home. It’s time to stop being mongrels and start being SOPHISTICATED.