About jocelynkcrandell

Rumor has it im over 5"5' now, and I've got brown wavy hair. I get really excited when I am around the ocean! I enjoy driving barefoot. My laugh almost always genuine because I find a lot of things quite funny. I love people. I love music and building forts too. I also love Jesus with all of my heart! I like scuba diving a significant amount. Friends mean a lot to me. Take a friend away, and my life is completely changed. Im really enjoy peeling corn and prawns.

Happy December 1st!

Hello there again! Its December now! It is so strange to me, because it doesn’t feel like Christmas is near. There are some Christmas lights up here, and the local Italian pizza guy wore a Christmas hat yesterday!

It’s been a pretty fun week! I started my rescue dive course with Mike which has been very fun! I’ve been out for 3 dives now and the diving is amazing!! So many fish, nudibranch’s, starfish, eels, rays etc. I just love it! So I have been plugging away through my course manual this week. 

I also spent a significant portion of my time sorting through the humpback whale pictures of the 2013 season! I’m sorting them for good pictures of flukes (the tail) and dorsals (the top fin) for identification. 

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This is the Dolphin House where we go every morning to brief the clients and get our gear!

It has been a bit stormy and rainy lately, but still warm! We had a launch yesterday morning, actually we did 2 launches. The first one was great! Calm seas, and we saw some dolphins and did some snorkeling! Which is always great! We saw a white tip reef shark!!! Yay!! I did however swim through lots of stinging jellies!!! I got stung on my neck, shoulder finger….all over! Sheesh! My arm was actually starting to feel a bit weird as we were on our way back, but I decided to pretend it was nothing and see if it got worse, but it just went away after a bit :) 

After breakfast, we went out again-this time there were only 2 clients, so Angie sent a message out to all the friends to come join in if they wanted, so we took some extras along! We didn’t see dolphins, but we saw humpback whales! It is very much the end of the season, and I hadn’t seen any all week, so that was very cool to see and observe them! The sea was fairly rough at this point, so it was hard to spot the dolphins. We did see turtles though! And when we stopped to snorkel, the turtle was right there! So I dove down to get a closer look :)

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Woah! Mr. Turtle is my father….name’s Crush!

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This is where I come to get wifi! It’s the only place in town with wireless..haha

I’m hoping that the weather will be nice this week and I can hike up to the lighthouse! This is the border between Mozambique and South Africa! I’ll probably have a little step into South Africa ;) I wont get a stamp in my passport though… Haha 

So, I am taking malaria medicine while I am here (probably a good thing, because if anyone’s going to get malaria, it would be me…they mozzies clearly love me..) but anyways, the medicine gives me interesting dreams! Well, I already dream every night anyways, so maybe I’m just blaming this on the medicine, but it is actually just my creative mind at work. Anyways, last night I had a dream that I was diving with Mike and he was asking me to demonstrate these skills underwater. The first one was that he just wanted me to lie down on the bottom. So I did it, but he kept saying that it was wrong-and in my dream I knew that this was a trick question, so I kept watching Mike until I realized that he had taken his kit off and then was lying down. So I did that as well, then I advanced to the next skill. This time he wanted me to do yoga underwater. So I started doing these yoga stretches (which I know nothing about because I don’t do yoga) so it was very strange, then Mike and I were just both doing yoga underwater but I had to stop because I had weak wrists and it was hurting my wrists. (Even though this is impossible, because you are essentially weightless when diving) The end! 

On my way home, I fly through Hong Kong, and I have 5 or 6 hours there, so I decided that I am going to leave the airport and go out for sushi and then come back! Kill time, eat great sushi, and get a stamp in my passport! YAY! :)

Eleven more sleeps!

Ciao! 

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HELLO

First post coming to your from sunny Mozambique!!

Lets start with how I got here :) My flight from Vancouver to London was 9 hours long. There were not many people on my plane which was very nice because I got to stretch out over 2 seats and try to sleep a bit-however I can’t seem to sleep on planes unless I am completely exhausted! So I only really managed to sleep for about an hour put together in little bits.

When I arrived in London Heathrow, I was welcomed with drizzly rain, much like Vancouver. Felt just like home. The signs are surprisingly easy to follow. After I dropped off my backpack at ‘Left Luggage’ (so I didn’t have to carry it all around London), I followed the signs to the ‘underground’ or the ‘tube’ which is like our Skytrain system on steroids! I think they had about 10-15 different lines that you could take. Luckily a kind gentleman spotted my confused face and pointed me in the right direction. I got on the Piccadilly line and rode it to Garden City (or garden something, I can’t remember now) then I hopped off and followed the signs to the Jubilee line which took me to Waterloo. The whole trip from the airport to Waterloo took me about 50min.

At Waterloo, I met my dear friend Ruth!! We had an amazing afternoon touring around London, even though it was raining. We managed to see pretty much all the major touristy things in the 4 hours that we had together. We went to Oxford Street, saw Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly circus, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge and The London Eye!! It was November 11th when we were visiting London, and at Westminster Abbey, they had lined the red pathway with black crosses for Remembrance Day, and around those big black crosses were numerous small white crosses around them. We didn’t walk through there, but I think that people can put a white cross by any of the black ones in honour of a specific person. I just found that very interesting.

After we saw all those things, and snapped a few photos with Ben..yes Big Ben. (He looked great in the evening lights) we headed back to Waterloo station. We grabbed a Starbucks and enjoyed our last few minutes together before I had to head out. This turned out to be hilarious as I somehow managed to smack my head into a glass window while trying to get a closer look at something on a display…we were DYING from laughter! Haha! I’m going to blame that on the fact that I had had no sleep….ya.

Back to the airport! The tube was crowded as trying to get back! I nuzzled myself into a little corner by the doors and fell asleep standing up! HAH. My knees kept buckling every time I fell asleep and jolted me awake again. I must have looked ridiculous. Although there were TONS of people surrounding each other that maybe no one noticed?…maybe.

I was in a bit of a panic when I arrived at the airport because I couldn’t find where I had left my backpack. I was also running slightly late…hehe oops. Too much visiting with Ruth. Then I saw one familiar place and knew exactly where I was! Phew! Glad my photographic memory is tip top. At this point I had half an hour till my flight started boarding, and an hour and 40min before it was supposed to take off! SHEESH! I was quite nervous since this airport is outrageously busy. I got to security and the line was SO long…..I just prayed immediately that God would move the line quickly. When I was saying ‘Amen’ in my head, a security guard pointed to me and told me to go down a new lane that had just opened up for security! I was literally like at the back of a 100 person or more line. WOW. So I got through security in like 10min tops and was early to my boarding time! Haha God is so awesome.

I met a lovely woman in the waiting area for our flight. She was from London and was going to visit her daughter, who is a doctor, currently working in Kilimanjaro. Her daughter had been there for 3 months already and she was going to visit her for 2 weeks and then she has another 2 months to go after that! She is helping to build, and teach how to build, these wood incubators for babies that are heated by light bulbs!

Got onto my plane to Addis Ababa. This plane was slightly delayed by about an hour. I was worried I wouldn’t make my connection in Ethiopia but we managed to make up the time in the air and landed on time in Addis. This flight was 7 hours of which I slept about 2 broken hours due to a crying baby. I shared the middle 3 seats with an incredible woman from Zimbabwe! She is 78. We talked for an hour before our plane took off. She was born in Zimbabwe, but now has been living in London for the past 4 years. She travels once a year to Zimbabwe to visit her relatives. She has also been to Vancouver! She told me how she took the ferry to Vancouver Island and visited Victoria. She then asked me all about what I was going to be doing in Mozambique and she was very encouraging! She asked what I would be doing once I got home. “I’m going back to University” “Would that be Simon Fraser University?” WHAT? This woman is amazing!! How was that her first response? Out of all the Universities in BC she said SFU…She remembers all of this information from when she travelled to Vancouver over 30 years ago!!! I hope my memory stays with me as vividly as hers is with her. She gave me her address and told me to come visit her when I come back to England and she would take me for lunch! (How cute!)

Now, I am going to blame the way I was thinking for this next bit on the fact that I had had next to no sleep. I feel like the worst flight was saved for last. It was just incredibly disorganized in Addis. They had all passengers go downstairs and they took our boarding passes and loaded us onto a bus which we waited on for about 20 min, then they unloaded everyone and told us to go back upstairs where we were all hand written new boarding passes and were told the flight was now delayed by half an hour because they were changing planes. I have no idea why. So after waiting another half an hour, we did that whole process I just wrote, again. Once we were on the bus, I don’t think it was possible to drive slower. At least it was a short distance, but the whole time I was just repeating in my head “get me off, get me off”. It was SO crowded and every time the driver braked, everyone would lean into me and I thought I was going to fall over onto this elderly gentleman. Worst. When the doors opened we formed a sardine line to go up the steps onto the airplane. My favorite! A guy sneezed right onto my shoulder….uhhh. I sat 4th row from the back of the plane, and I guess it’s just they way the do airplane’s in Africa, but everyone was literally shoving past as quick as they could to get their bags up, instead of just waiting for the line to move naturally. I just was feeling so frustrated. I could not wait to get there! I also got to sit in the row with the most obnoxious gum chewer that exists and a row or two behind there was a sick person- the kind that sounds like they’re about to throw up their lungs. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much on this flight.

So my plane was supposed to leave Addis Ababa at 8:50am and we didn’t end up taking off until 10:20am…so I was getting quite nervous that my ride would not be there waiting for me, as this was a 5 hour flight and I was to get picked up in Maputo at 1:30pm. So I just prayed lots! I was able to sleep in short bits on this plane, maybe about an hour and a half. I was SO happy to realize in the air that Maputo was an hour back, so instead of being 2 hours late, I was only 1 which was such a relief. Now, when our plane landed..I think this must just be what they do in Africa-they don’t care about wearing a seat belt when the sign is turned on haha so we’re still moving quite fast down the runway and people are getting up everywhere to get their bags! I was sitting in the aisle seat, and both people beside me literally jumped over my lap into an already full aisle. It was like crowd surfing!! I just sat in my chair until I was the last one off. I did not want to be a part of that haha.

Getting into the country was easy. It only took like 5 minutes – and GREAT NEWS!! My checked bag made it all the way!!!! YAHOO! I walked through the doors to be greeted by some muggy air. It was a sunny day, trapped by a bit of haze. I looked everywhere for Sandra, my driver, and couldn’t find her. I had countless other drivers come up to me to ask if I needed a ride. I just kept saying no I’m waiting, and I’m so glad I did because as I was looking confused and a little worried, a guy came up to me and says “Are you going to Ponta D’ouro?” YES! “Rosaline?” Jocelyn..haha never had that mix up for my name before. So he told me to go with him. He called Sandra as we were walking to the car and I spoke with her and she explained that he works for her.

He was a very nice man probably about 30. We started our 5 hour commute there. The town Maputo reminded me SO much of the town on the mainland of Belize. They had paved roads, and some tall buildings and lots of cars. We drove about 30 min to a ferry that we had to take across. In that 30 min, I can’t believe I didn’t see an accident! We waited for about 30 min for the ferry to arrive, then I walked on and my driver drove the car on. It was short, only about 10min. Everyone was trying to speak to me in Portuguese! It sounds so similar to Spanish, so I was able to understand a little bit. I was actually quite shocked, because when I researched, I knew that Portuguese was the official language, but it said it is spoken by only a small portion of the population. I think the internet is wrong haha!

Once we got off the ferry, it was dirt road from there onwards. 4 hours of a pretty bad dirt road. There were sections that were ok, still really bumpy but not as many potholes, but for the most part we would drive really fast then slow down quickly to go over big bumps. We stopped a couple times to go through some police (the friendliest police I have ever met.) At one stop, I could tell that they wanted to look through my bags and the other boxes in the car, but my driver bribed the police with a bag of food! Hilarious. The bumpiest road I’ve ever been on and I managed to fall asleep. I think the most I slept the whole travel from Vancouver to here was on that bumpy car ride. Go figure. By the time we pulled up to O lar do ouro, it was just after 8pm.

I have a cute little house/room with a bed, dresser, couch fridge, table and chair, and a bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. Diana told me to get settled, then there was dinner for me and that we would discuss everything the next morning. She told me no wake up time, just sleep till I need to. So appreciated! I unpacked my things and then ate dinner, had a shower then went to bed. There was a massive thunder and lighting storm that night, started 10 min after I headed to bed, and I don’t know how long it lasted because I fell asleep in the midst of it. I slept for 11 hours that night and woke up with a bad headache. I think it will take a few days to recover. I still can’t believe that I am finally here!! I’m so excited! I woke up this morning and thought, how did I get here? This is amazing.

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What a surprise! Im blogging! For some reason it just seemed right to blog today.

So the semester is now almost done for me. My last class is this thursday and then I am off to Victoria for an audition at UVIC! I am excited and scared for this. I honestly have no clue what I will do in the fall. In addition to UVIC I have also applied to Pacific Life Bible College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I don’t know where God has called me yet and it has been something occupying my thoughts and my time a lot lately. I know that I have faith and trust in Gods love and his timing for my life, but it is hard to live in uncertainty. So at this point, I am just praying that wherever I am supposed to go that He would open the doors and close the doors to the other places. 

This semester of school has been the craziest of my life. So much has gone on and I have just been so busy that I must admit I have drawn far from the Lord; the excuse always being that ‘I don’t have time’. I hate that answer, because I know that my spirit and my heart long to serve, seek and please the Lord in everything that I do, but that somehow managed to get overshadowed by trying to be a high academic achiever. I have no one to blame but myself. I know, and can testify from experience, that it is possible, and in fact better, to serve the Lord above all even in the midst of our busy lives. 

I just pray that the rest of the semester I have left and this coming summer, that I will be able to grab hold again of the truth that I already know in my life and give my all to the Lord making my highest aim to please him in every decision and in everything that I do! I love you Jesus with all of my being!

encouragement

I havent blogged in a while. My apologies to my followers.

Today was kind of a rough day. I had an exam this morning at 9am, and for some reason (I don’t know why at all) I set my alarm to wake up at 830am and I live an hour and a half away. As I threw on my clothes and sped to school I just prayed please let the time I’m missing not be necessary for me to complete the exam. When I got to school, the whole class was already finishing up the first of 2 pages. (I’m toast) I started writing the exam, and was just really frazzled from being so rushed. By the time I had to hand in my exam, I had only the first page done and a few things on the second page….but not much at all. Even if i got all possible 55 marks on the first page, that is not enough marks for me to pass the exam. When she asked to hand it in, I couldn’t help but cry. I went into that exam with an A: 90%. And that final was worth 25%. I was really super choked about it. I just felt so helpless. There was nothing that I could do to change the outcome. I couldn’t even be around the people in my class after because everyone started asking me about the exam and all I wanted to do was cry. 

This semester, I have worked so incredibly hard to achieve good grades. I was hoping to get straight A’s this semester. But that will definitely not happen. The way I felt is that I just put in all this effort for the semester, and got A’s on all my assignments and now this one exam is going to bring my mark down, and I just feel like all that work I put in was for nothing because I won’t be awarded with the grade. And it is like, that exam doesn’t reflect at all the knowledge that I have.

So I was pretty choked the rest of the day. I was just really glum and being self-critical. Then a couple hours ago, my friend from school sent me this message:

Hi Jocelyn
You seemed a little down today, so I wanted to write and say that you’re one of the brightest lights in my life. 
I read your blog a little while ago and your commitment to God is inspiring to me. You were writing about being sure in knowing that you are living the season that He wants you do be living, and it was such a wake up call for me. I’ve been struggling with not being able to say that for the last 2 years. 

I see you living in this world, but not being influenced by the things that go on here. You’re so strong in your walk with God that it shows me how much better I could and should be doing. At school I’ll say something stupid or think something I shouldn’t be thinking, and then I’ll see you in class and be reminded about how sinfully I’ve been acting. It makes me stive to be closer to God and to live purely. 

All this is just to say that you’re an incredible encouragement. Also you bring joy to our music program. Keep it up, and keep smiling. 1 Peter 1:7-8. Joy unspeakable and full of glory!

After reading that, I didn’t even know how to feel. That was such a nice message to get, but I just felt like, kind of not that I was fully living for God the past couple weeks, but that I was living for grades, and to do well in school. And it sounds kind of lame, but it can actually entangle you and you become obsessed with trying to be the best and get the best grades. But after reading that, and just reflecting on the day now, I really feel like everything that happened today was a bit of a wake up call to me from God. If I hadn’t been late for my exam, I would have done well and been feeling great and never received this message of encouragement. 

Last night, revolution went house to house, and we split up into our different age groups. So all the young adults met together. We had fun playing games and visiting, but when it came to worship, the atmosphere was just so incredible. The Holy Spirit was present and I couldn’t help but weep almost the whole night during worship reflecting on the love of God for his children and how even though WE are the sinners, Christ died for US because he loved us. How amazing! I was just caught in his love last night! And I have gotten over my exam now, after thinking about it, but really, I think God did that for a reason to just remind me to not become entangled in trying to be the best, and that it is ok when things like this happen. In the end, its one exam, and one grade. What does that do for me in heaven….absolutely nothing. 

So anyways, I really just wanted let you guys know how easy it is to get wound up in something, whether it be addictions, school, people…in the end, God will pick you up and plop you back down on the path that you’re meant to be on as long as you trust in him. Sometimes, like me, you don’t even really notice that you are straying from the path until something happens, like what happened to me this morning, and then it becomes the biggest deal in the world. God is bigger than all our problems and HE is the BIGGEST DEAL in the world! So rely on him and put your trust in him and he will guide your paths. 

I am so thankful for the encouragement that comes from the people you have placed in my life Lord. Somehow, people know exactly what to say at just the right time. That can only come from you God. Praise you Father!

perfect

Lately I’ve just been thinking a lot about the purpose that God has for my life. I know that I am walking out what God has planned for me, and this is where I am at right now. This is the season that God has for me, and I just felt God really bring be back to reality in reminding me that the things that “I want” are things my flesh wants and not necessarily what God has planned for me right now. I really feel the peace of the Lord in my heart for just being an obedient servant to him and finishing what he has started for me. God told me that the desires of my heart come from him, but he determines the order that they happen in. That was just so huge for me to realize that EVERYTHING is in His timing, and his timing is absolutely perfect!

Once I have finished what God has for me now, at Capilano, then He will bring the next thing out for me to enjoy! Another thing I have come to realize is to completely strive for emotional purity and to enjoy my single years that I have with God, distraction free! It is such a beautiful thing resting in the shadow of my creator! Father, my life is in Your hands. You provide for me moment by moment. I ask that You open my eyes to see Your unfailing love for me and help my stubborn heart to trust You fully. I know that I will not be single a day longer than You want me to be, and in that I will find rest from this mind game of wondering and waiting. Open doors of ministry for me so that I may serve where You want me to serve. Help me protect my emotions from the pitfall of having intimacy before commitment. All I could want or all that could satisfy me is wrapped up in my relationship with You. Allow me to rest in You and to fall more in love with You each day. Amen!

thankfulness

This thanksgiving weekend has been a really good one for me. I’ve mostly only been studying for exams coming up, but it has been relaxing. Because of thanksgiving, I was obviously thinking about what I am thankful for. I won’t list them, but then I decided to do a little study on what the Bible tells us to be thankful for. I really encourage you to read all these verses, and even to look them up and read them in their context as well! God is so good and has blessed us with so much to be thankful for! There are a lot of verses, but it is encouraging to read them, and i think worth the time! Just reminds of how much we have to give thanks for!

Psalm 107:8 “Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!”

Luke 18:11 “The Pharisee standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.”

Romans 1:8 “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.”

Philippians 1:3-5 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

Colossions 3:15-16 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

1 Chronicles 16:8 “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”

Psalm 30:4 “Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.”

Psalm 79:13 “But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”

Psalm 118:1 “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

Psalm 145:10 “All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!”

Romans 6:17-18 “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Corinthians 2:14 “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”

2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

Ephesians 1:15-23 “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

2 Thessalonians 2:13 “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”

Psalm 100:4 “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Jonah 2:9 “But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!”

I know that this really encouraged me reading all these verses! (Just for the record, I didn’t just rummage through my bible to find these, I used my concordance in the back and looked them up. That’s what a concordance is for! :)

I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you, my friends reading this! I am blessed tremendously by God for placing each of you in my life!

competetive

Tonight after Rev, was the start to the Dutch Blitz tournament. It goes on for the month of october. Anyways, I would say I am not really competitive at all, BUT Dutch Blitz is pretty much the only game that I am good at, so i guess there is a little bit of competitiveness in me. (That I didn’t know about until tonight.) So there were a bunch of tables to sit at, and you were allowed to pick. I knew that my friend Tyson was playing and he is pretty good too, so I didn’t want to sit at the same table as him. I wanted to sit where I was going to win! That’s just common sense and good strategy. Tyson called over to me and told me to go sit at a table with him, but of course i said NO! and that I DO NOT want to play at the same table as him. So i sat down with two other girls, and there was one spot left at our table and Tyson came and took it……grrrr. I was so angry! So we started playing and our score keeper wouldn’t even let us see the scores, and also, my friend dumped tea all over my back as we were playing. Anyways, the two players with the highest scores at the end move on to next week. I was very upset because all the people at  my table were good competition. I had to try really hard to win. In the end, I came in third….so i do not get to play again next week.

I don’t think I’ve ever had so much anger about a game before. I was actually mad at Tyson for sitting at that table when I told him i didn’t want to play with him, and I was clearly trying to get away from him. WHICH IS SO RIDICULOUS OF ME! Why did i feel like that!? I instantly felt convicted of this anger from my competitiveness because I know that it is just a game and it doesn’t matter, but I told myself that I was going to hold a grudge against Tyson for a full day! (That will make me feel better for sure.) WRONG! That’s not going to make me feel better. In the end, I’ve still lost and holding a grudge isn’t going to change anything. So I decided to forgive Tyson. (If you’re reading this….I sincerely forgive you for sitting at the same table as me) Then afterwords my friend told me that I can either be mad at Tyson, or pray for a wildcard! (Meaning that they’re thinking of drafting all the people who came in third!) YAY! There is hope for another chance!

I know this may seem like a really lame thing that I dealt with today, but I know that similar situations like this happen in everyone’s lives. It is so easy to get caught up in the moment, and let our emotions escalade when usually, the thing that we are all worked up about, isn’t the end of the world at all.

The new series that we are in at church for this month is called What is the Thing? If the thing you are living for is anything shy of a relationship with Jesus, then it’s not big enough. I guess it was an extremely fitting subject to talk about tonight, considering my situation. I’m not saying that I am living for Dutch Blitz, or for the feeling of winning, but in the moment, I made it into such a big deal, that it felt like that was the only thing that mattered. When, in reality, I should have just started praising Jesus, because he IS the ONLY THING that matters to me!

I can’t believe I reacted the way I did, but God has used this situation to remind me of how big and great He is, and how small and insignificant the things of this world are. Jesus is the only reason why I am living, He is the only reason TO live and He is the only one to live for! We need to come to a place to realize that our PURPOSE is to live, serve, trust, hope, obey, and glorify the Lord no matter what our circumstances may be! God help me to never loose my cool like that again, and learn from tonight’s situation so that I don’t accidentally take a step off the path you have set for me again.

You are Great and Mighty Lord!