New Web Host (and Job)!

If you haven’t noticed the very cool subdomain, I have a new web host: Media Temple (mt). I’ve heard good things about them, and so far they’ve been great!

Also, in unrelated news, I’ve reduced my schedule at my retail job to one day a week. I’m going for freelance web design/development (which explains the host change) and a full-time college workload again (Yay!) After almost a year of working full (or near full) time in retail, my Father has opened new doors! Will it be hard? Sure, but I know I have someone–The One (and His son đŸ™‚ )–in me.

So I’ll keep praising God (while searching for clients)!


Job Search and Summer School

Now that I’ve been unemployed for over a week, I found that looking for a job is actually more work than actually working. It’s quite a paradox. I’ve applied to quite a few automotive businesses along with a few other places. So far I’ve had two offers.

I went to the VEC on Monday or Tuesday, and found a few offers, and follow up on them. I got a letter from them just now. Apparently they have an automated search system, and they sen tme information for a job! Pretty cool.

I was so close to landing a a job at Canonical as a webmaster. I was a getting glazy-eyed until I came across:

Working knowledge of Python.

Not cool. I was so close! I wanted to learn Python over a year ago, but I ended up pushing it aside. Though the job will most likely be filled soon by some hillbilly or crazed nutcase (joke đŸ˜‰ ), I’m adding a book on learning Python to my summer reading list. Python is a really good language to learn (so I’ve heard) and Zope, a founding
sponsor of Python, is nearby. Hey, you never know. đŸ™‚

Along with my upcoming self-taught Python course, the summer semester has started at Germanna. I’m taking two distance learning courses, so I’m still free to have a vacation.

Anyway, that’s my current situation. It’s a good thing that I’ve got somebody on my side, or else I’d be done with. đŸ˜€


Whew!

Well, my work for the semester ended last week when I took my last exam. Though I had trouble maintaining full-time thanksgiving, I survived through my first full-time semester while working. At times I thought that being a full-time student and working was going to tear me down, but I made it.

The funny thing about all of this is that at times I believed I would have to sacrifice my job for my schoolwork, or vice versa, during the semester. However, I gave my two weeks notice the day after my last exam. It seems very strange, even to me, as why I would wait until after the semester to leave my job. Maybe God just wanted to show me that I could survive it.

I sometimes feel that I could’ve done more to keep my job, but I don’t regret my decision. I would often find myself to entangled in work, even when I went home afterwards. I was starting to become bitter and cynical. I was starting to focus on worldly matters, over spiritual matters. I don’t want to end up that way. Losing my focus towards eternity with my Father isn’t in my list of goals. When the choice is between my job or my Father, I’m going to choose my Father.

Anyway, wherever I go from here, I must keep my eyes fixed on God, and not myself.


Full-Time Thanksgiving

I started another semester at Germanna (a community college) this week . However, unlike the past two semesters, I’m enrolled full time now. I must say, it’s pretty hard focusing on all of the courses at once, especially with a job in the mix. I now feel very thankful though. Some students at the college at full-time students and have a full time job, along with bills to pay. It makes me realize how good I have it.

I have a job with a flexible schedule and an affordable college nearby. Not only that, but I also live in a comfortably-sized house with my folks, and have a reliable, working car. They’re many other things I’m thankful for (or should be), but if I were it list them–let alone know them, I’d die before I’d finish.

So what’s the point? I’m thankful for all the wonderful things God has given me.

…having food and clothing, we will be content with that. – 1 Tim. 6:8 (WEB)

If I’m supposed to be content with food and clothing, how happy and joyful I should be!

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. – Psalm 69:30 (WEB)


Research Paper: God, Individuality, and Religous Institutions

In my English class this fall, I wrote a research paper. It got an A, so I guess that it’s pretty good. So, like my earlier paper, I’m posting it online. Hey, why not?

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In the modern western world, it has been often thought and told that God is a tyrant who hates individuals. This tyrant wants everyone to be a mindless drone. “On every hand are the enemies of individuality and mental freedom . . . At every turn we run against cherubim and a flaming sword guarding some entrance to the Eden of our desire” (Ingersoll par. 1). These opinions are often backed with examples of the Roman Catholic Church, the Puritans, John Calvin, or others. The advocates of these beliefs often hold the presumption that certain religious institutions and God agree on this matter. However, the Bible, along with other writings, shows how the God of Jesus (Hereby referred to as simply “God’) encourages individuality and why these religious institutions’ views on
individuality show they are separate from God. (more…)