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Abilene

Ah, the fresh hot blazing sun and beautiful landscape of the west Texas desert... Now begins life in the bustling metropolis of Abilene, Texas. Despite how easy it is to poke fun at the relative non-interestingness of a place like this, I know that this is where God has guided me, and is going to take me on some wild journeys. I'm sure of this because God hasn't taken my anywhere yet that he hasn't shown me some amazing experiences.

So, I'm here, got all my junk arranged in my new house, everything is set up... and now what? I've got pretty much the month of July and a good part of August before I am consumed with classes. I'll be spending some of that time daily doing independent contract work for the company for which I worked in Tulsa, a trip to Oklahoma and Arkansas, and NCMS in Norman, but basically I am back to the old life of me actually deciding how my time is spent. I have tentatively committed to developing a small groups ministry plan for the Southern Hills campus ministry, plus Angela wants me to do a website. Hmm, guess I have more to do than I thought. But the funny thing is that even with all of that, I have the choice to either productively use or waste a significant amount of time.

I often wonder what I would do if I were put in jail for any significant amount of time. I look at people like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., apostle Paul, and (whether you like him or not) Hitler, who were all able to recognize the kind of opportunity being in jail actually afforded them. They had nothing but time on their hands, and used that to feed their minds and produce some of their most influential works. What I'm recognizing more and more is that if nothing else happens first, I have probably about 55-60 more years to be a human. What am I going to do with that time? I struggled with that a lot while I was sitting at a gray cubicle for for five months in Tulsa. I felt like time was being stolen away from me. That's why I ultimately refused to do that for more than 40 hours per week, even when I was asked to stay over. So now, that time has been given back to me again - I want it to count.


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