In June, the monotonous slow crawl of summer was broken by the sounds of laughter and shouting as incoming freshmen flooded Regent’s campus. It was SOAR, Summer Orientation Advising and Registration, and droves of young high school grads had traveled from all over to come get their first glimpse of Regent as an accepted student. A large banner flew high over the Library Plaza and bright colors adorned every doorway – blue, orange, green, purple, pink, and red. Regent was coming to life, not in an eerie way like Frankenstein’s monster resurrected from the dead, but more like the budding blossoms of spring that seem to remember their old song as the sun calls them forth. Now the sun was shining on me, and in the same way, an old forgotten song from my own time here at Regent had begun to stir deep inside my chest. I recalled earlier days when I first stepped on that very same brick-paved plaza. Read more
As we begin the process of a new school year on campus at Regent University, there is all kinds of buzz going around in the wake of the recent deaths of both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall; especially in light of the circumstances surrounding the death of Robin Williams. Both of these actors made great contributions to the world of film and stage. Read more
Here we are again at the beginning of another school year. An old Staples commercial used the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to describe how parents feel about this season of supply lists, schedules, and sports tryouts.
While I am not careening through the aisles gleefully, I will admit to a certain excitement about the start of the new school year– but not for the reason you may think. While I always look forward to getting back to the “routine” of concrete bedtimes, homework, and yes, less junk food, the real reason I love the start of the school year is this: It’s the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions. You might be thinking I’m about 8 months late on this. So if it helps, we’ll call this “School Year’s Resolution” instead. Read more
The end of summer is fast approaching. It feels like I was just getting off the plane in Anchorage, ready to start the summer off and now I’m preparing to return to Virginia Beach and Regent for my senior year of college. The anticipation builds. I don’t know what the new year will bring. It’s as if I’m waiting for a roller coaster to lurch forward–there is a knowledge of what will come, but knowing what the ride is like and actually going on it are two different things. Read more
This week was not an easy one for me and my family. We spent the week in mourning as my grandmother made her transition to her eternal home in Heaven. While I can honestly say that I nor my family grieve as others might grieve who have no hope, it is no less disheartening knowing that the presence of my grandmother is no longer with us physically. In traveling back to my home in Baltimore, Maryland, I took note of the many changes that had taken place, not only in the geography, but also in many of the people that I have known over the years. Read more
Hey readers! I hope your summer is going swimmingly (pun intended)! This summer, I’m focusing largely on this blog and my personal blog, along with gaining support and sponsors for the charity I am involved with. Every summer I find myself stuck in the house with nothing to do, having surrendered to the oppressive heat outside. I thought it was time to actually do something productive!
I am a child ambassador for World Vision International. We provide kids and communities in poverty with the resources to start building a decent infrastructure in their area. I’ve been sponsoring a child in Costa Rica since last April. She’s six years old and is entering the 1st grade. Her dad is a farm laborer and doesn’t make enough to send her or her sisters to school. Having learned this, I stepped in. A few months later, I applied to be an ambassador. I was accepted and given the task of finding sponsors for 10 kids a year. At first, I thought this would be the easiest thing I’ve ever done! However, I was so wrong. Read more
A long time ago, WAY back in 2002, Rick Warren published a book simply titled, “The Purpose Driven Life.” Since then, the book has become the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. Apparently, there are a LOT of people who want to know what their purpose is, and also how to live according to that purpose.
Businesses often outline a purpose, usually referred to as their “mission statement.” Regent University’s mission statement is: “[To serve] as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a Biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.”
What about you? Do you have purpose statement? Do you believe that you have a purpose to your life?
The Bible says you do. God designed you with a purpose in mind. Yes, God designed you with a broad, global purpose (to worship Him and glorify Him) but also a very specific purpose–one that only you can accomplish. Read more
My family and I recently visited nearby Mt. Trashmore. It’s a local park with all sorts of activities you can participate in. There are trails where you can literally walk around the “mountain.,” which is actually a large man-made hill that used to be a landfill (thus the name). There’s a lake and all sorts of food trucks with unimaginable treats. You have a spot where live concerts can entertain you, as well as a play area where kids of all ages can run and play around until their little hearts are content. My children even climbed a couple miniature mountains that were designed just for them.
While my family and I were there, one of the things I observed was the number of people who went up the actual mountain. Some chose to go up the steepest part, while others went up the side with the easier path. There were those who chose to take the stairs, while others only went as far as the middle point. Then you had some who went to that same middle spot, took a breather, and then went on their way to reach the top.
It reminded me how each of us has a choice in life. We all face mountains in our lives. Some of us will face it head on and run head long for the top while others will choose to stagger their trek. There will be some who will go part way and rest before going the distance. The greatest thing that you can do when you are facing a mountain is making the decision to do it.
Each year, thousands of students are choosing to come to Regent University with various goals, whether it’s to give themselves a better life and career, to get equipped to change a nation in the call that God has put in their heart, or to discover who they really are as a person. Whatever the reason may be, understand that it all begins with making a decision.
You don’t have to face the mountain in some cookie cutter way. The way God set things up for me isn’t and won’t be the same way God sets it up for someone else. We each see the beginning of the journey and know that there is a pinnacle to reach. There are great people we’ll meet on our climb, and the pace is attainable. I encourage you today to see the mountain, not as a mission impossible, but as wholly attainable. No matter what challenges have been put before you, with the right perspective, and a determined heart, you can make it.
The red double doors of the Chapel building are propped open and soft music plays as people flock into the sanctuary of Regent’s Chapel. Smiling student volunteers stand in the aisles and welcome incoming guests as they greet one another and make their way to their seats. The music stops, the congregation prays, worship begins, and in a matter of minutes the speaker steps behind the podium and the message begins. Up to this point, it seems to be a typical University Chapel. However, this is not the case.
During the school year Regent hosts its University Chapel every Wednesday afternoon from noon to 1pm in the Chapel building. It is a time for Regent University staff, faculty, and students to come together for a time of prayer, worship, and fellowship as they devote one hour of their workday to the Lord and celebrating the Body of Christ. Speakers include local pastors and leaders, such as Dr. Paul Hardy, as well as international speakers like Heidi Baker and Bishop T.D. Jakes. It is a wonderful time to come together and glean from men and women all over the world and how God is moving in and through them.
However, during the summer, things change ever so slightly. Read more
The Fourth of July is a day of commemoration, as well as celebration. It’s the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, making us a nation separate from England. It is also a day where many take the time to honor and remember those people who have served and died to protect our nation and our freedom as Americans.
Several people in my family have volunteered themselves to military service and have instilled into the younger generations an appreciation for that sacrifice. But as I was reflecting on this holiday that we know as Independence Day, I found myself going a little deeper than the top layer of patriotism, fireworks, and good food and focused instead on a more… spiritual meaning behind the day. Read more