Tuesday, December 2, 2008

College Professors???

My daughter, Whitney, is a Junior at Auburn University majoring in Public Relations. Her experience at Auburn has overall been incredible. She is a member of the ZTA sorority and served as the Chaplain of all of the sororities at Auburn this year. She loves serving the Lord, painting and her job ~ working in the local coffee house. If she is not working there, she is studying or socializing there!
Lately, she allowed one of her favorite professors to break her down. Somehow she always gets to know her professors personally, therefore getting called out in class. One day during class it became painful......
It really bothers me when anyone breaks down the dreams of any young person. I have always been of the belief that we should teach them that they God has incredible opportunities waiting for them, the doors are open wide for them to walk through. All they have to do is walk through and take the opportunities that God has for them. God is going to provide all things. If there are valleys ~ these are teaching lessons that God is going to build them up for even greater things! In other words ~ In all things, good and bad, God is always looking out for their benefit! Let Him do the work, just keep walking to HIM!!! DREAM BIG FOR HIM!!
This is her post~

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Unrealistic Dreams.
Kind of an oxymoron, huh? Aren't the purpose of dreams to think of the unrealistic... something you think could never happen unless there was an intervention of One greater than yourself? Well, I had a teacher shoot down my dream/goals for after I graduate. For those of you that don't know, my mom and I are planning to own an art store.... 1/3 art gallery, 1/3 art workroom - playroom - place where we can have great artists come in and teach classes, and 1/3 coffee shop. My teacher pretty much said it was unrealistic. She gave me all of the possibilities in which it would fail as well as suggested to me all of the issues we would face as owners... we would have to be accountants, managers, trainers, secretaries, and janitors all in one.
All I can say is, I've dreamed of nothing less than the impossible because I know that our God has greater power than I do. He can take care of the parking issues and the money that we will need to start it and the people who will enter into a shop that glorifies Him. I also know that the moment we stop using the store as a vessel to proclaim His name, He could take it away with a snap of His huge hand. He won't allow the economy to keep people from a time of leisure and relaxation. We want this to be a home for community, a place of comfort where artists can release the stress of life and leave their worries or proclaim their praises on a canvas. I'm excited to see what will come out of it... and even though it broke my heart that one of my favorite teachers this semester said this, it encouraged me to start now. I'm not exactly sure where to start or how to start... I just know that I need to start. I'm thankful for her. She has only pushed me to prove that He is able; and with Him, I am able as well.
It's been really difficult being in this major (Public Relations). The more I delve further into the core of it, I realize that no matter what, I will always be dealing with PR. Everyone will if you encounter 'the public'. I highly doubt I will be acting in the role of crisis management or anything of the sort. It would be cool to do something with PR and I admire those who do. However, it seems like a nasty world of who's who and networking... but not much in a genuine sense. That bothers me. One of the reasons I hate going to football games is because I feel like I'm wasting 7 hours of my life (with tailgating and getting dressed up and such) when I can be doing something productive... like creating something for someone or inspiring someone. Not so I can get recognition or move up higher in rankings... but because I sincerely care about people and want them to see just how special and precious they are. I feel useless when I'm not helping others. If any of you know a job in PR where I can make a living by helping others through inspiration, creation, and art - please let me know. One and half years to go before graduation. And I have no clue as to what I will do.


1 comment:

Jules from "The Roost" said...

She is a beautiful girl...I might just say lay your dream before God and wait in GREAT expectation! He will show you each and every step and change or direct her/your heart according to His good purpose and plan. I don't think our part is to know but to follow Him. Dreams are not the focus off our heart Christ is and the dreams take care of themselves. I hope that made sense.

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