Normally I try to stay far away from Black Friday. My parents and I went one year to wait in line at a Walmart, but we've never done anything since. This year, however, I couldn't escape the chaos, seeing as how I was working in it. I had a shift at American Eagle (in the Mall of America) starting at 3 am on Friday morning. While I have to say that the morning was overall enjoyable (most of the truly nasty Black Friday shoppers stick to electronics and the like), I have to say that I was still very discouraged by the whole thing.
Last night as I was heading to bed, I was watching a music video from one of my favorite artists. I personally enjoy this video, and the song it accompanies. The song is all about defending the Christian faith in the midst of a secular world. It's really resonated with me lately since I'm about to start working in a very secular environment at American Eagle Outfitters. After watching the music video, I scrolled down on the web page to see what other people thought of the video/song.
Exactly one month after I wrote a blog about how I was going to be moving to Minnesota, I officially arrived in the Twin Cities after three rather grueling days of travel. That was this past Wednesday. The day after that, my mom (who traveled out with me) and I unloaded my car and moved me into my new home, an apartment in Roseville. Yesterday we shopped around for some furniture and other stuff I didn't have or couldn't fit in my car, as well as started looking for some part-time job opportunities to go along with my position at Beacon of Hope Church. We had just traveled through nine different states and weren't taking a break. I have to say, it's been nice to have some time to just relax and write this blog today. :P
I'm the first to admit that I talk a lot. Probably a lot more than necessary. I used to not even think about how much I talked, and I'm sure I got on many people's nerves because of it. As I grow older and continue to learn about the Christian life and areas where I need work, I've been convicted and encouraged to limit just how much talking I do. As Shakespeare aptly put it, "Brevity is the soul of wit." And there are good reasons for keeping silent. I'd like to highlight one from King Solomon.
A simple servant of the Master.