Woah. It’s August 21 and classes begin tomorrow. This is crazy. I remember the beginning of freshmen year like it was yesterday.. How am I a sophomore already? I feel a wide range of emotions right now. I am so excited for this year and the opportunities and experiences it will bring, but also wishing that time would slow down. I cannot wait to invest in my current relationships while also creating new ones this year.
This past weekend, a close group of friends and I went on a camping trip in Blue Hole, Arkansas. The six hour drive was filled with fun summer stories, good music and clever riddles/games to pass the time. The location was incredible. The “blue hole” was a fantastic, bright blue lake surrounded by cliffs and trees. We spent the majority of the afternoon jumping off cliffs, swinging off a Tarzan rope that had been attached to one of the trees, and relaxing in the cool water. After hours of swimming, we were exhausted, hungry and ready to set up camp. We hiked up the mountain until we found a perfect spot overlooking the lake to set up our hammocks and build a fire.
We all sat around the fire, roasting hot dogs, sharing trail mix, and engaging in good conversation. That night, we each established goals for the semester and vowed to hold each other accountable to them. I decided that this semester I wanted to truly engage people. I want to invest in the friendships I already have, but also intentionally pursue friendships with people I feel the Lord calling me to love. This semester I will be babysitting for a family that has five children. I am praying and asking the Lord to help me be a good role model for them and love them the way Jesus would. I believe I have that job for a specific reason and have been given a fantastic opportunity to love and encourage them. I went to bed that night with a thankful heart, surrounded by the most selfless group of people who love me so well and want to know and encourage my walk with my Savior.
That morning, we woke up to the most incredible sunset. This picture is nothing compared to waking up to the smell of firewood and a stream of sunlight gradually getting brighter and brighter. However, it is incredible and shows just how wondrous of a Creator we serve. And to think… how much more beautiful will heaven be?
My heart is so full. I cannot express how grateful I am for the group of people I am surrounded by and how excited I am for each of us to grow this year. Still shocked to say I’m a sophomore, but I can’t wait to see what this year will bring.