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 😉 ), 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. 🙂

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. 😀


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)


Lots of Crap

Lately I’ve had quite a few (bad) things happen in my life. From death (more on that later), to bad grades (read the previous post), having my place of employment shut down, and a few other things. However, even with all of this crap around, I’m still looking to God.

I may sound crazy to some people for standing fast in such times, but I don’t care. Do soldiers run away during an invasion or ambush? Does a farmer sleep in on a cold morning? Of course not. If I want to get through this, I’m going to have to follow God.

What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who didnt spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things? Who could bring a charge against Gods chosen ones? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Even as it is written, For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter. No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 8:31-39 (WEB)