This is a speech I wrote a week or so before my high school’s baccalaureate. I was asked to say a few words in reflection of my four years at Oakton High School. Unfortunately, I never delivered this speech for several reasons. Anyway, here it is in its entirety. I still believe it to be
Have you ever been perplexed about why you like a certain food? Or why you like anything, specifically? I have. I think it’s mind blowing how shallow the modern concept of free will is when I gleefully bite into a sandwich with ham, pickles, mustard, and bacon. What on earth makes me like that combination?
Love has proven to be a great mystery to me, and I’ve spent much of my last five years trying to discover what love is all about. While I have filled more pages of my notebooks than I can easily count documenting my findings on what society, pastors, the Bible, and my own conscience tell
Today is my last day in Minnesota this year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time. Though this vacation can easily end up being more stressful than simply staying at home, I’ve managed to achieve some degree of relaxation. Part of that is definitely from my readiness to be done with Nashville. I’ve also felt my time
God’s plan is rarely the same as our plans, and it is always better. His plan is rarely the same as ours and it is always better. Notice my use of the word ‘and’. I didn’t say God’s plan is rarely the same “but” it’s better. I said “and”. God’s plan is not better than
Class today was surprisingly fulfilling. I thought for sure that ‘Search for Beauty’ was going to be the class I’d drop, but now I seriously doubt that. Dr. Redick came out swinging as soon as the clock hit 4:00. I barely had time to pull out a pen before he told the class to write
College has a way of putting things into perspective; especially the application process. It seems like when you’re a junior in high school, the only thing people care about is where you’re thinking about applying to, what you want to major in, and what my GPA and SAT and ACT scores are. The constant game
I go on a hunting trip every year. It takes place on the first or second weekend of the new year at a beautiful retreat center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I’m usually not a huge fan of Maryland, but the eastern shore is one of my favorite places on the east coast. The