If you’ve been following what I post online, you’ve notice I posted a daily vlog TWENTY DAYS in a row. And as soon as this week began, I stopped. And I wanted to take the time to explain why. Short version: there’s other things I want to do with my life. Read below for the full story:
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There’s two things I’ve struggled with in my creative work life: knowing what I want to do and actually making the effort to do something. When I have a purpose I’m passionate about, it gives me motivation to work hard. In college, I had the purpose of being a student, a member of the Activities Board at my school, and being a friend to anyone who passed by. Purpose came naturally in that structure. Then I graduated and entered the “real world”.
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The “real world” doesn’t have a defined structure. You can either create one or be given one. Over the past three years since I graduating, I have found purpose and passion in my work for Cornerstone Church, Uncommon Student Ministries, my family, and my local community. And I am happy to say I will continue to pour into those things as they are all apart of my calling
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The ongoing struggle for me has been figuring out what to do on days when those areas don’t need anything from me. So I started a freelance filmmaking business and posting youtube videos. I find Youtube to be fun and freelance work fulfilling and financially rewarding. But I can’t shake the feeling there’s more I want to do.
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There’s also the question of “what is my ministry”? When people find out I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and ministerial credentials, they automatically assume I want to be a pastor. While I do love the church, I’ve recently come to the realization my calling is NOT to be a pastor in the traditional sense. I long to ALWAYS be a part of the church as a MINISTER of the gospel. However, I don’t feel a longing to pursue the path of youth pastor to associate pastor to senior pastor. Those aren’t bad things, but I can say with full confidence they are not for me.
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So what do I want to do? What is my calling? During a video shoot earlier this year, I had this phrase come to mind: I want to be a storyteller who helps others find their place in the grand story. With the time I have on Earth, I want to tell different stories through a wide variety of mediums while ministering to people with the goal of helping them find their place in the story God has been telling since the beginning of time.
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Stories are important. They shape how we see everything and everybody. And helping people find their place in the grand story is my role in the great commission laid out by Jesus Chris in Matthew 28. What this looks like practically is this: I want to create daily but post something short weekly to ensure quality. This something can be a Youtube video, a blog post, a podcast, a speech, anything which can be consumed relatively quickly online. Moreover, I also want to tell BIGGER stories too-stories which can’t be told in a instagram post, a short youtube video, or a 30 minute podcast. In my lifetime, I want to go on a speaking tour, publish books, and release feature-length films. The stories I find will determine the length and medium but either way, I want to do it ALL.
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My ministry of helping people find their place in the grand story looks like helping the church fulfill its mission and building relationships with people of all backgrounds. These relationships will grow deeper over time with the goal of showing them the love and truth of Christ and building the Kingdom.
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I have no idea how much time I have on Earth. I may live to be an old man who dies in his sleep or have my life cut short tragically like my father. But in the time I do have, I know these are the things I want to fill my life. If you have read this far, it’s either because you’re nosy or you care about my life’s journey. Whichever camp you fall into, know that I love and appreciate you. And be on the lookout for new stories to be told by me coming soon.