Today is my last day working for Cornerstone Church. One of my main tasks for this week was to organize all the different files on my work computer. This took me on a nostalgic trip as I looked over nearly every video I’ve ever made for the church over the past three years.
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There was a wide variety of emotions that hit me as I watched these old videos. I smiled seeing how different my friends looked just a few years ago. I felt sad seeing clips of the people who aren’t around anymore for one reason or another. And I felt embarrassed at the quality of what I was producing not too long ago. As I look over my work since 2015, there’s a handful of videos I’m genuinely proud of, but so many more which make me cringe.
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As necessary as college was for me, real-world experience was just as needed. What started out as making videos part-time for my church and vlogging for fun led to more and more freelance jobs in the months to come. Constantly creating and learning from others grew me into a better storyteller. This year, I determined a vision for what I wanted out of my life. Earlier this month, I was offered an opportunity to see those dreams come to reality.
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You know, I used to be ashamed of where I was in life. My mind would be plagued by haunting thoughts like “You’re wasting your time. Your college degree is useless. You suck at everything. Why don’t you have a wife and kids yet? You’ll never make it in life. You don’t have what it takes.”
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I realize now we’re all on our own journeys with God. As long as we are open and obedient to what he has for us, we’ll be exactly where we’re supposed to be.
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Being the Assemblies of God in Illinois’ Creative Arts Coordinator will push me further as a storyteller than I’ve ever gone. This is what I have been warming up for the past three years. It’s not that I’m the best at what I do, I’m just called.
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More than anything, I’m just grateful.

I’m thankful for my parents who have provided abundantly.

I’m thankful for Nathaniel, for being the first subject of my stories.

I’m thankful for Evangel University not for just a degree, but for a community of mentors, friends, and creatives I continue to look toward for advice and accountability.

I’m thankful for the staff and members of Cornerstone Church, who have allowed me to serve, teach, mentor, preach, and create since 2015. I’m looking forward to contributing to Cornerstone’s mission of loving God and loving others in a new ways.

And I’m thankful for every business, church, non-profit, and couple who gave me the honor of telling their story.
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All you people gave me the experience which has grown me to take this next step in my life’s story. As I head out on my own, I hope to make you all proud with the stories I tell for the Illinois Assemblies of God, for Illinois Teen Challenge, for whoever hires me freelance, and for fun. I’m fulfilled where I am, but I know there’s so much more in store. My friends, I’m at a cliffhanger. And I can’t wait to see what happens next.