One of the volunteer activities that I’ve had the joy of being involved in for the past several years is the mentorship program put on by USC’s engineering school. It’s been neat to hear how things are going on campus, to find out which amazing/terrible/eccentric professors are still teaching, and…
2018 can be summed up as the year of learning to walk by faith and not by sight. I don’t think I’ve ever been so anxious and prayed so hard about the uncertainties of my life than I have this past year, but God has been faithful for all 365 days. As I look ahead to 2019, I know it’ll be another year of uncertainty, but with God’s help and leading, what will happen this year will blow away any of my expectations.
I am terrible at developing and maintaining relationships and friendships.
It’s one of my life’s biggest regrets. I’m so ashamed at my own sinfulness when I think of past relationships that ended poorly, I failed to cultivate, or I simply was too ignorant or selfish to begin. I truly wish that things had turned out differently.
Back when I graduated from college, I selfishly and naively thought that every job other than a well-paying engineering job was below me.
It took four painful, humbling, but growing years in the middle of a deep recession to shatter this self-centered paradigm and see every experience as an important part of my development as a person. In his book, Quitter, author Jon Acuff refers to such experiences as parallels: opportunities to ask “how can this job/experience impact my dream?“
The past month has brought back a lot of references to the “Greatest Generation”. Not only did George H.W. Bush, former President and the youngest naval fighter pilot to serve pass away at age 94, but last Friday, December 7 marked the anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy”. It was the event in our history, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which sent many from the “Greatest Generation” to serve and defend our county on two fronts. One of these was my late grandfather, who served in the Army and was wounded in Okinawa.