I haven't written in this section of the blog for a while now, so it's beyond overdue that I should be writing this. Suffice it to say, I think that this has been my most productive semester ever in the history of my life. And I don't think I say that lightly. Not only did I write more than 40,000 words on my novel, To Look Skyward, release a chapter from the same novel every week, release an episode of my podcast, The Christian Artist, almost every week, write two new short stories, diligently study the Bible nearly every day, design the base rule system of a new role-playing game, dip my fingers into half-a-dozen other creative projects, read sixteen books, and keep my grades at an "A" level all semester, but I did all of those things while retaining my sanity, a twenty to thirty hour-a-week work schedule, and my social life, and finding the time to relax when I needed to.
Wow, that was a mouthful...er, a paragraphfull? I don't know what the phrase would be for written words. But yes, that's a heck of a lot of things in just the span of fifteen weeks. And soon, I'll be able to take a month here from December 21st to January 25th to tie up the last loose ends from my projects and take some much needed full-on rest while gearing up for a busy spring semester. I could not have done this without Jesus, let me tell you that. There is no way that I could have made it through these months with the optimism I still hold without my Lord and Savior leading me every step of the way. Yes, I've made lots of mistakes, as we all tend to, in these fifteen weeks. But I have also grown more in my faith and love for my God than I ever have before in my twenty and a half years of life. And that excites me more than I could have ever understood before it happened.
So, I would like to thank my wonderful Savior for being the good where there was nothing but sin and shame. And also, the amazing people that I have gone through life with this semester, who have lifted me up, encouraged me, rebuked me, and helped guide me on this crazy journey called life.
And no, this isn't an awards ceremony or the front of a book, so I won't go on any longer with acknowledgements and teary "thank you's."
I just want to tell the world how much I have learned this semester. About life, myself, dozens of academic topics from Greek oral tradition to the study of human psychology, and most importantly, the God whom I serve.
And no, the semester isn't over yet. I don't have those "A's" stamped into permanence. But after this incredible fifteen weeks of my life, I have every confidence that God will see me through whatever happens these last few days of the college semester and the month of December. I will study with a diligence that comes from knowing I'm doing it for God, not for anyone else, and be proud of my work on the other side.
Let's finish this.