Friday, April 07, 2006
Recently I discovered a new advantage to blogging--reconnecting with old college friends! I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to hear from a college friend who had stumbled across my blog, which led me to discover a whole new blogging world out there--those who have been to Northland Baptist Bible College! (Check out the new set of links on my sidebar to those who have attended NBBC.) Honestly, other than my good friend Jackie and a few other friends who email, send Christmas cards, or prayer letters, I haven't done a very good job of keeping in touch with a lot of college people. Looking back on my college experience, it's not like I did a good job of making friends while I was there either. Let's just say I had/have a lot to learn when it comes to socializing and reaching out. I don't know why peers scare me so much. Put me in with a group of young people or older adults and I'll feel right at home. (I don't know, maybe one of the disadvantages to homeschooling...however some people don't seem to be bothered this way at all.) I guess I just never wanted to be one of those friends who everyone tolerated but no one wanted to really hang around, so I guess I was a little scared to reach out, even to people whom I really admired and wanted to be around. So I waited for them to reach out to me (bad choice; still waiting). ;) Besides, I was very busy with my studies-- music majors do have a lot of practicing and work to do, and I was very content to just go about my own business and not be "bothered" by other people. Plus I was motivated to get good grades and excel in my schoolwork. But looking back, I think I should have tried to build a few more relationships and really get to know some other people and not be so stifled by the fear of man, because there were a lot of great people (as there still are) at Northland! And as I've told multiple people, I don't regret going there for one instant! But, anyway, it' s great to hear from those old friends--some whom I never really gotten to know, but I'm sure could (and can!) still teach me many things about life. What I've learned in thinking through my life experience is that God has not created us to live as single entities (as I tend to do too often). He has created the BODY of Christ. The family of God is there to help each other and encourage each other. I have a wonderful church family who I can call on and they'll be there to help me--as good examples of the person of Jesus Christ. And maybe I can encourage someone else along the way, too. And don't hesitate to reach out!