Sunday, May 23, 2010

Data.

Just a few things I want to get down on this beautiful Sunday morning.

The first thing relates my graduation yesterday to the sermon we had in Church this morning. Our pastor preached on Godly leadership and how important that is in our lives. As a new college graduate, even though I'll be continuing my education, I have been put in a position that will someday allow me to lead others. That realization has been weighing on me more than most as I make a transition in my life, and I really don't feel like I'm quite ready for it yet. I have a lot to learn about discernment, asking for advice, making wise decisions, and taking on the responsibility of people that I might be leading, and I need to make a very conscious effort to develop and grow those abilities within the next few years especially.

Next, I just wanted to mention a little "aha" moment I had while singing in Church this morning. In a conversation last night I spent a lot of time discussing how I need my faith to be based in logic and strong conviction rather than a whole lot of emotion. I have a hard time getting extremely emotional in Church because often I see that as something that clouds my judgment (which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the situation). I never want to be in a situation where my faith is so based on the good feelings I get from worship that when things get rough it falls apart. God took me aback this morning with a little revelation on this very subject. We were singing the song "The Solid Rock," which includes the following line: "When darkness seems to hide his face, I rest on his unchanging grace." That's awesome.

Emotion is great, and when things are going well, or even when they're going poorly, feeling close to God is one of the greatest ways that our faith can be strengthened. However, when God seems to be far away, we can still have comfort in the fact that our faith is firmly grounded in God's grace.

My final subject is something that I've discovered about myself just in the last few weeks or so. I suppose I knew all along that it was true, but was never able to really nail it down specifically. I've come to realize that I am fantastic at finding data, processing it, and producing a tangible result, but I'm awful at preserving that data mentally for use at a later time. For instance: if a professor gives me a test, I can usually do a good job of taking the information provided in the question, apply the processes and techniques I've been taught, and come up with a solution. If you came back to me later on and asked me what the numbers were or what exactly I did to get to my solution, I'd probably have a relatively difficult time recalling.

I'm still not quite sure to make of this, but I think it's at least something good to know as I start to think about what kinds of jobs I might be good at in the future.

That's all for now. If you're from around here, enjoy the fantastic Michigan weather this week. Low eighties without a cloud in sight.

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