Tuesday, October 18, 2011


With the summer of 2008 coming to a close, I was preparing for a new stage in my life.

High school was over. My college life at Florida International University about to begin. Truthfully, I didn't know what to expect, but I was excited. Something about starting out with a clean slate was exhilarating. I had all my classes picked out, all my finances were in order, and I was ready to go. That summer after high school was fun; I had no real worries or concerns, a lot of fun and time to reflect on those four critical years of high school.

And then all of a sudden it was over.

Fast forward three years and some change and here I am. In less than a year, I will most likely have graduated. With a new degree. New friends for life. And hopefully some job offers or maybe graduate school offers in the days following my graduation. 

To say things have changed in my life would be an understatement. 

These past three years at FIU have definitely been the best I've ever had. I've traveled to places I've never been to, discovered a way to forge my skills with my passion, fostered friendships that I pray will last a lifetime that helped mold and challenge me.

And most importantly, I have seen God move in my life more than ever before. He has blessed me in ways that I cannot even begin to count. I have a wonderful family, great friends, an amazing church, a job that is preparing me for life after college, an education, a home and much more.

Sure, there has been some pain along the way. But through all the good times and rough times, I can clearly see how God has been preparing for me for what he has prepared for me. Everything happens for a reason (pardon the cliche).

And you know what the amazing thing is? It's all just getting started. I eagerly await to see what else God has planned for me in my own life and I'm excited to see what he will do for those around me.

I'm starting this blog to share what God has revealed to me in my own life and to hopefully encourage you through that. I titled this blog after a song that for some reason has stuck with me. It's by one of my favorite bands. The title is "Bold and Underlined" by Future of Forestry from their EP called Travel III. In the chorus, Eric Owyoung sings about a person whose love and life is bold and underlined. How great would it be to live and love like that? To live a life of boldness, confidence and emphasis? I want that for my life and the lives of those that are around me. And the center of that kind of life begins and ends with Jesus Christ.

Christ lived the perfect life and died on the cross for the sins of all mankind. God gave up his only son so that we might live. It doesn't get any more bold and underlined than that. And he offers us an opportunity to live a life like that and get in on the greatest gift of all time. 

I want to have a BOLD AND UNDERLINED life. Do you?       

I can feel another season in my life beginning to end and another is just around the corner. I can't wait to see what God does next! 

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