By this time next week, I’ll be in Death Valley. A long drive awaits me and it begins tomorrow. So many thoughts run through my head, yet none at all. I suddenly feel so unprepared for this ministry. Suddenly I’m feeling like, what have I gotten myself into? I don’t know what I’m doing! At the same time, it feels like this is the only thing I need to be doing. I can’t think of anything else I should be doing this summer!

On the one hand, the information I’ve learned this first semester in seminary will be helpful. And on the other, it will be totally useless. The actual information may not be necessary at the very moment, but everything I’ve learned as experiences have shaped me to be who I am right now. All of my life experiences have shaped me. I hope to be able to relate to the people that I meet. I know that it’ll be great.

Over the next week while traveling and driving, I hope to have more time to process all my thoughts. I don’t believe that I’m leaving tomorrow!

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