10 Important People

1. My discipler is quite a special guy. There are many things I value in people: persistence, confidence, intelligence, boldness, independence, insightfulness, wisdom, discernment, age, and a desire to know the Lord. When I first searched for a discipler, I didn’t anticipate finding anyone who exuded any of these qualities, but I was gladly surprised to find someone who harbored all of these qualities. I have a high level of respect for him, and even more love for him because he always seeks to encouragement when I personally feel I’m not up to his level. Oh, and he also has a knack for expressing himself with a balance of truth and grace. That’s pretty hard.

2. My son is simply my son. I don’t know where he got his love for cookies from, but I’m sure it was all for the better. He’s pretty unique because I see so many glimpses of myself in him, yet he’s a completely different person. In a nutshell, I’m glad he’s different because our differences set us apart. Our similarities make me feel like I can be honest with him without criticism, and our differences give me an idea of how I can be different, but still, myself. He’s smarter than he gives himself credit for. And someday, he’ll grow into the strong man he’s meant to be. Maybe then he’ll realize it.

3. I always have a token white friend. Well, mine, for the past few years, has come in the form of a guy who I literally have nothing in common with other than the fact that we love the shiner cheer + banana nut bread combo. Just kidding – that’s an exaggeration. I’m really grown to love the guy and appreciate his openness even amidst a solid impenetrable exterior. He’s extremely open-minded and aware of what’s going on in the universe around him, and most of all, he uses that trait to build on his relationships with others. He forgives me for my blatant ego and for the most part, I think he sees me for who I am and still chooses to be my friend. I think that’s the best part.

4. This friend of mine has been around for 8 years now. To be completely honest, I don’t know why she’s still my friend. I mean, she’s essentially meant for greater things. She was always overachieving in high school, and she was always setting the standard for what it meant to be great. Even though she never accepted it, the people younger than us looked up to her and really respected her. The funny thing is, I felt like I saw her (and still see her) like the people that were younger than us (we were in the same grade). And then she went to Upenn, and even then, we stayed friends. I feel like she’s in a different tier than I am, and to be completely honest, I don’t know why she’s still my friend (said that earlier). Ultimately, I’m glad she is my friend. She reminds me that I can accomplish so much more. I respect her for so much, but none more than her determination and work ethic. She’s pretty freakin’ awesome. And the last thought is… she’s done this all without the help of Jesus. I really want to pour into her life and stay there as her friend. Perhaps, maybe just a glimpse of what it looks like to be in loving relationship with God is something she’ll witness by staying friends with me. If not, I’d still be pretty happy just keeping up with her.

5. Being in a relationship with her has been a roller coaster. But I appreciate her more than any other person I’ve met in college (no offense to the people above and below entry number 5). She’s taught me the value of two lessons this past year. First, she taught me the value of commitment. She loves me even despite all my blemishes and faults. The second is learning to love someone by learning their love languages and investing in them in a way where they will readily receive your love. Truthfully, she really does walk alongside Jesus and yearn to know Him.

6. You ever hear those analogies about flowers blooming in the right season. Well, if we started in the fall, and then moved onto winter, and each season represented a year I’ve know this person, then we would currently be in the season of spring, and this person has been blooming. She’s really grown into a beautiful woman that really seeks after God’s heart. She has a gift of compassion that I lack so dearly. I want her to grow into a confident courageous woman, and I see her growing intimately in her walk with God everyday. Sometimes, I think it’s funny that she looks up to me and trusts my leadership because now, I’m the one who has faith in her because I trust her leadership now.

7.  This person is a lot like #4. Crazy work ethic. Extremely respectable. And to top it all off, she still makes time for epic despite all the time she spends in her lab. But as strong as she is, her willpower doesn’t come from a determination to do well, and it doesn’t even come from her desire to succeed. She draws all her determination from God’s will. She’s constantly searching and seeking God’s will. In her profession, in her graduate studies, she wants it all to reflect God’s glory. She deserves top notch respect from everyone around her. I think a lot of epic could learn a lot from her. Success and God aren’t meant to be separate.

8. She makes me feel loved. I want to see her know Jesus. Her cooking is decent too.

9. He’s so wise. He sees the world at face value. And I’ve learned discernment through his words of wisdom. Now, I want him to see it through God’s eyes.

10. She’s understanding and empathetic. I feel like like if she knew Jesus, her life would change drastically. I want to help her get over the hump of doubts and needlessness of Him, and just see how beautiful and meaningful life can be with God leading.