Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What a difference ten years makes

Early 2003, because Kristin Herdy wanted to see my big hair pic.

Ten years ago this month, I graduated from high school.  Later that summer, the Lord changed my name.  I started LSU with a fresh outlook on life and a plan: I was going to be a United Methodist pastor after I graduated from LSU with a degree in business.  I figured in ten years, I would be pastoring with a wife and kids, or something like that.  Halfway through those ten years, every part of my initial plan had been shot down.  
I left the UMC after spending my entire life there.  I found a home among Spirit-filled believers.  I was healed of asthma.  I changed my major to English Education.  I joined the Louisiana Air National Guard.  I transferred to Southeastern Louisiana University and finished in General Studies.  I taught school for a year uncertified.  I went back to school because teaching kicked my butt.  Along the way, I lived with so many guys I'm about to start writing a book on bachelor living for Christian guys.  I got a great job on campus.  I got engaged.  I got unengaged.  I lost said great job for a job that seemed lower on the totem pole, but paid much better.  I got a promotion at said job.

It's all good, though, because I found out what I really wanted to do with my life, the type of church I wanted to be involved in, the type of God I wanted to serve, and more.  I found peace and joy in areas I couldn't even see.  I found victory where I thought there'd always be defeat.  I made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time I learned from them. 

You know, I couldn't always see what was up, but I know who could:

 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
 14And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. 

-- Jeremiah 29:11-14.

And, of course, I have no clue what ten years from now will look like.  Hopefully, it'll have hoverboards.  Either way, it'll be nothing like I expect it to be today.

Where were you ten years ago?  How does today look compared to then?  What awful pictures can you dig up from your past? 


  1. nice hair. I'm impressed - even in my big bang days, I couldnt get that kind of height!

    10 years ago, I was in college, newly married and had every intention of becoming a high school English teacher. Now... not so much. I teach college and may be teaching preschool (those are very similar, btw).

  2. all things considered, I should've been proud of that hair in high school, instead of deathly afraid of what people would think if it wasn't perfect (i.e. glued down with gel & hair spray). At this rate, I won't have hair like that until probably my 50's when I retire from the Air Force.