I Get Paid For This!?

December 7, 2007

It all started one night during my freshman year when Travis Dalton walked into my room.

He said, “Do you have a job, Blakey?”

“No,” I replied.

“Do you want one?” he asked.

I was not really sure what to say to this, so he went on to explain what the job would be. He was looking for an assistant to help him keep stats for the upcoming basketball season. I told him that I would have to think about it, and as I did, my thought process was something like this: “Wait…go to all the basketball games, sit in the front row, watch very carefully, and get paid for it? Why wouldn’t I take this job!?” Before long I told Travis that I would love to join the Stat Crew, and I have been a part of that ever since.

At the beginning, I did not know what to expect from sports at a small Christian college because when I thought of college basketball, I thought of March Madness, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and players that were bound for the NBA. But as I began to work through my first season, I quickly found out that I love my job and sports at TMC. While these games were not televised on ESPN or discussed in the sports pages of major newspapers, they did not lack energy or excitement. When Bross Gym is full of screaming students and your friends and dormmates are on the court, there is nothing that can top it. I saw lots of great games my freshman year. The men had a talented team and won some overtime thrillers. The women put together the best season in TMC history as they won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament and advanced all the way to the NAIA Final Four.

I’m now in my third year of stat keeping here at TMC, and I also work at soccer and baseball games now. I think I love my job even more know than when I started. Time after time I find myself walking back up to Hotchkiss after an exciting game and asking myself in disbelief, “I get paid for this!?”

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Driving South to True North

December 3, 2007

I have spent more hours on the freeways of Southern California this semester than the rest of my life put together. Do I love sitting in traffic? No. But do I love the wonderful opportunity I have had to serve the high school ministry at Compass Bible Church this semester? Yes. And that is what I am thankful for today as the thanks-a-thon continues at Step Onto Liquid.

Each weekend I head down to Aliso Viejo to lead singing at True North, the high school ministy at Compass Bible Church. Here are a few reasons I am thankful for this opportunity.

-The church is legit. Every time I am there, I am encouraged and challenged by the teaching. I also love the church’s passion for ministry in South Orange County.

-God is working in the high school group. This morning, one high schooler shared how he got saved last month. (Read his testimony here.) He and some other students have started praying in the Quad at their school each morning before school. Students from True North are leading evangelism lunches at their schools; they also are reading Scripture and commenting on it at their Scripture of the Day website.

-I get to hang out with my family. Another highlight of driving south to the OC is that I get to hang out with my brother, Bobby; his wife, Christa; and their son, Tyler. My nephew is a stud!

Hodu L’Adonia Ki Tov

November 30, 2007

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving. Last Sunday, I heard a great sermon on contentment from Pastor Mike Fabarez at Compass Bible Church. Tonight, Peter Barber delivered a message on giving thanks to Generations from Psalm 136. So because of all of this encouragement towards contentment and thankfulness, I’ve decided to turn my blog into a big list of things I’m thankful for over the next few weeks.

The title of this post is a Hebrew phrase which says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” This is how Psalm 136 starts. This is a song we sang every Shabbat in Israel. And this is the start of my Thanksgiving spree at Step Onto Liquid.

What is the first thing I’m thankful for? I’m thankful that God is good. Psalm 136 illustrates his goodness wonderfully by showing how his goodness shows itself in creation, through his deliverance of Israel, and through personal salvation. And throughout the whole Psalm runs the theme that his love endures forever.

God is good. He is always good. He will always be good.

So give thanks.