Monday, April 25, 2005

What To Do?

Well first let me apologize for the lack of posts lately. I just haven't felt it lately. This is a rare post for this blog, an actual update on my life.

1) I have been accepted to grad school at UAB (Birmmingham) and SMSU. I am still waiting to hear back from Hunter College in NYC.

There is a dilema in which school to choose. UAB is the best place to work in civil rights history, but I still have a strong desire to be in NYC and with Shiloh.

Right now, I think Hunter would be a better choice because I could really make strong connections with the college and other CUNY schools that might give me a head start in finding a teaching position after i'm done which would give me the financial security I need. There is also pleanty of history in NYC that I can research.

2) I am going back to Shiloh for a 6th summer. In the eyes of many this may seem like a crazy or even stupid decision. But I am just trying to live out the will of God the best I can. For me, I find the will of God in the upside down kingdom in the Gospel. If I want to be rich, I need to become poor. If I want to live, I need to die to myself. If I want to be wise, I will look like a fool to the world.

Besides, I've crossed the point of no return with Shiloh. I've seen too much and experienced too much to go on living as I did before and pretend like it never happened. Shiloh isn't a job or a vacation; it is a part of me. I believe there are many pieces to the puzzle that make up the purpose for my life, but Shiloh is a huge piece of that puzzle.

A wife? Having kids? A nice 401K plan? These are all great pieces to the puzzle, but these are not certain for me. What is certain is that I will be directly involved with Shiloh for years to come. What is certain is that through God in Shiloh we transform the children which will then transform their parents which will then lead to the biggest chain reaction the world have ever seen.

Anyway that's an update on my life. I would greatly appreciate any comments on thoughts on choosing a school or Shiloh.

As for more thought provoking posts. Stay tuned.


CJE

1 comments:

Daniel Howard 7:44 AM  

Chris,
Man I haven't talked to you in so long. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you, you deserve it. As for advice on picking schools, yikes. I prayed to only get into one school so that I never had to make that decision, and that is the way it worked out for me. I think you should pick schools based upon what you think you will get from the school, the city and the people that will go along with your decision. I think we both made that decision w/ Lipscomb. Lipscomb was not a school that was well known (outside of the COC), but I went atleatst, b/c I thought it would help me grow as a person. You will make the right decision, don't worry about it too much. Second, I'm excited that you are doing Shiloh this summer. Thats what is important to you, go with it. We only have so long until we are stuck in jobs and left with very little freedom. Make the best of it until then, follow your heart. (You can never have too much cheese). Anyway, I hope to see you soon. Take care, I love you.

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