First Impressions

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10
Today was my first day at my internship at CBS Sports. I felt like a winner because I didn’t get lost at all and I rode the subway all by myself. I had to go through training for a certain Twitter thing, write an article on something in social media and send out some tweets about shows that air on CBS.
Instead of wearing Nike sweats, a t-shirt and my Air Maxes, I was in a black dress, a pink blazer, black tights and boots. Obviously, I was trying to make a good first impression with my appearance. Then, I wanted to start out on the right foot with the work I was given. 
Why do I try my best for a silly internship that will last a semester when I slack off on my relationship with God that lasts a lifetime?
Off the spiritual note, it’s real talk. I’m so tired. The roomies and I are waiting to watch Baylor take on Kansas on ESPN. Our first night of class is tomorrow (it goes from 7-10:30). 

Surfin’ Subway

While riding the subway all over the place today, I’ve discovered two different things.

1. My balance has improved and I could totally surf in the X Games.
2. Everyone on it is mean muggin’. 

The facial expression of the riders is not the disappointment that they’re riding the train, but a darn good way to tell everyone else not to mess with them. In the biggest city I’ve ever been in, it is also one of the most private. Think about all the emotional stress a person would go through if he tried to reach everyone he saw through conversation.

What I take this to mean is that I really need to be letting God’s light shine through me. At Sky Ranch, I told my girls countless times that we are called to be the light in Matthew 5. I would take them outside in the grass and have them lay down and look at the beautiful stars. Then, I would point their attentions to the moon. After asking them where the moon’s light comes from, the point was always made. The moon reflects the light of the sun. When God tells us to be the light, it is nothing we can do in our own power. We reflect the Creator of the world, the God who cannot be explained or exaggerated. 

My own insufficiency was further realized in the church we went to this morning, Times Square Church. It was massive! A man who could be besties with Kirk Franklin led worship on the piano with the choir from Sister Act bumpin’. The preacher got up and preached on John 1 when John the Baptist said to bear fruit or burn. Looking at John 15, He is the vine and we are the branches. The branches get the nutrients from the vine. That’s why He tells us to abide in Him. It was a good reminder that anything that happens up here is nothing I did but from God.

To end this entry, I’ll tell y’all all the fun things that happened today. So, after church, we went to Stardust, a restaurant where the wait staff is full of aspiring Broadway actors and actresses. It was super pricy, and two of my roommates and I got fries and milkshakes for lunch. Then, we rode the subway around town to find our internships. Then, after being on the subway for so long and realizing how many germs are there, I decided to get my flu shot. 

Anyways, tomorrow I begin my internship at CBS Sports!!

I have arrived!

Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage and something great will come of it.

– We Bought a Zoo

When I was in high school visiting Baylor, I heard about a journalism program where you can study in New York City. Even though I only applied to Baylor, this program was a big reason why I was excited about my major. Every interest meeting, I was there. When the application was posted for the 2012-2013 academic year, I filled it out and submitted it. I sent it in toward the middle of January and knew I would not hear until mid-March. During that stretch of time, the fear of failure started to seep in. I told my friends and family that I would just stay in Waco for my senior year. However, one March afternoon I was checking out the sweet shoe deals in Marshalls when an email caught my eye, telling me that I had been accepted to the Baylor in New York program. In two hours, I figured out that this was truly the chance of a lifetime.

So, here I am, after six months of the gruesome task of applying for internships. In early December, I had a phone interview with the social media department at CBS Sports and was offered the position the very next morning. With that taken care of, I had to make the transportation from Nike to professional…even though I’m chilling in my Nike sweats in my apartment right now. 

My family and I then drove to Dallas yesterday so that it would be easier to get to DFW before 6 a.m. I had supper with them and some friends from the Dallas area to both celebrate my birthday and to say goodbye to my friends before leaving for five months. I knew I was flying out the next morning, but it still didn’t really hit me. Then, as I hugged my family goodbye, went through security and turned around to wave a final goodbye, I realized that I was headed to the city that never sleeps…and I need my sleep.

The flight here was a cinch, but I was more concerned about the taxi ride. Secretly, I was hoping that I would land the cash cab and win some moneys. Instead, I had a soft-spoken driver that took me straight to where I needed to go and helped me with my bag all the way to the door.

In this apartment, I live with three other girls. It’s definitely an answer to prayer because we all truly get along. Right now, we’ve got the Packers/49ers game on the television and we’re all into it. More importantly, they all have great morals and are truly women of God. I’m excited to venture through this journey in my life with them.

The two adults over us are also great people of God. Our professor knows that God has planned for us all to be here and is praying that we only grow closer to Him while we’re here. Our RA is taking is to churches and teaching a class on how faith and jobs are truly intertwined.

Honestly, I’ve had a lot of different twenty seconds of insane courage, but I trust the One who planned this all.

Please keep us in our prayers that we not only remain safe while we’re here, but that we use this opportunity to minister to those that we could never have reached.