Sunday, October 17, 2004

Connecting with a guy across the ocean... sorta

Andrew Demoline has a blog. This is very cool. I first met him on Toronto Project in the summer of 2001 and he was a very cool guy; I enjoyed talking with him very much. And now he's married, in Korea, and planning for seminary. Seems I missed the Korea part. Check him out, this man studies scripture with a heart that few have. :) If Todd Friesen had a blog, I'd link him too; I could talk with both Andrew and Todd for hours on end about scripture and not get tired of it. Learned a lot from those two, as well as everyone else on the project.

So I volunteered at the Snow Show today because Alice said that she would get me cool stuff from WME if I would sell movie tickets. And I got a lot of cool stuff from the Snow Show. Like this way cool balance board recommended by Peter Twist for improving your balance, reflexes, mental sharpness, knee and ankle ligament strength, and spinal cord tendon strength. This is the kinda stuff Trent Klatt did! Hehe. Apparently, not a single world-class athlete has been able to master this balance board. I'm just hoping that it helps with my skiing. And I got my photo taken with Ross Rebagliati! With him holding his gold medal! I'd post the pic, but I have no clue how to transfer pics from my cell phone to my PC. Or even to the net. I'll figure it out somehow. Also got to meet Colin Puskas, who is one of the skiers in this year's WME movie, Impact.

Ben, Mauro, Joyce, and I had our second MIMC meeting on Thursday night and it lasted until 2:30 AM. Now THIS is what it's all about! I feel like I'm finally getting a chance to apply everything I've ever learned in getting this degree. We have to sift through 80 pages of marketing data, financials, operations management, and whatnot to make our decisions each week for the competition. I get to be in charge of market sizing, forecasting, maybe I'll do some simulations and sensitivity analysis too. Management science is so cool. I wish more people would see the value in it. Or maybe I'm just a geek. But we have a strong team and I think we can do well in Winterpeg. And no more meetings that go past 1 AM. Yes, definitely no more.

Life is on track. And yet it's been a daily struggle, especially recently, to lay down my own goals and follow JC. You know what though, this is a good thing. Before there wasn't even a struggle because I wasn't focused on following him. The fact that I'm struggling right now with it shows me that I'm understanding again the costs, consequences, and rewards of discipleship.
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. ~Luke 14:27-33
I think Andrew hit it on the head with his thoughts on uncertainty. There's a certain type of healthiness when it comes to uncertainty about faith. This struggle allows me to seriously consider what it is I am committing, why I am committing, and whether it's even correct. I picture this struggle as Jacob's night-long wrestling match with God. It makes you stronger in your relationship with God. But just as blind emotional faith can lead one to have an easily broken faith, emotions can also lead one to easily abandon one's beliefs; any struggle with God truly needs to be with God, rather than with oneself and one's own emotional mind, and the struggle needs to be entered with mature rational thought. Am I wrong? Seems there's a fallacy somewhere in there, especially when we look at what the definition of faith is.

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