Good Morning! I pray that everyone has a wonderful day as we are a WEEK away from Christmas! I can't wait to wake up next week in ATL with my family and just have an amazing time laughing and eating good food, praising God on His Birthday! YEAH YEAH, people say it's not Jesus' REAL BIRTHDAY, but can we just celebrate JESUS TRULY FOR ONE DAY?!? It's a blessing to have Jesus in our lives and to be alive and I thank God for everything that we have! If nothing else, lets be thankful for LIFE TODAY! God bless everyone and have a wonderful Thursday.
Well, today is the day where it all changes for me. My job has moved me to our Downtown Campus, out of the Suburb campus which was a 2 minute drive from my house. For 3 1/2 years, I would wake up at 8AM, leave my house at 8:55AM, get to my job at 8:58AM and be early for work. I can't do that anymore. After 3 1/2 years of doing so well working with Black Males in our Black Male course, I've been moved in a new position where I'm working at the Bigger Campus with more students. I'm a victim of my own success. I took a pilot course that maybe wasn't suppose to make it past one semester, and turned it into possibly a piece of a Minority Male Initiative that might have a chance to connecting Faculty & Staff with over 1,000 Minority Males all over the City of Indianapolis. I thank God for blessing me to be good at what I do. But, why do I have to move to the Bigger Campus to do it? I was spoiled, SPOILED ROTTEN! On Sunny days, I would ride my bike to work. I'd only put in $20 of gas for 2 weeks in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I sat in an office for 3 1/2 years where I wrote over 1,000 blogs and articles, wrote my entire first book, created and maintained a class which I helped make the curriculum for, and helped over a 1,000 students. I'm going to miss this campus. It is home. It always will be home. Why was this CHANGE so hard? I'm still with the same school, I still work with the same people? Why was this change so tough for me?
I was going to sit in that office for 20 years. Get my Doctorate there. Just see my students and I didn't want to be bothered. I'm blessed to be great at what I do thank the Lord. When I went through the stuff with my family, the ONE THING that got me through, was going into that office and working with students. It brought me joy when I was weak. Just working with students in my own neighborhood, it was something so special. Maybe I'll get over it one day, but who really knows if I ever will. I can't even look at the office I sat in, can't even really drive past the campus anymore. I can't look at it at all, it hurts that bad. I remember before I even got this job, I use to pray driving past this building, heading to my other job "I'm going to work at that building one day in Jesus Name!" I did it. I taught 6 classes and still have contact with a lot of those great students. I lived my dream. I'm not saying it's over, but Man, it just may never be good like that dream which became a reality was ever again. WHO KNOWS?!? I may be BACK out at my Lawrence campus in 6 months. I would HOPE SO & LOVE THAT! But, it's all in God's hands. It was just a transition. Nothing wrong with that at all. But I thank God for change today and for all He did for me in these 3 1/2 years. I saw the GLORY! I saw myself doing what I wanted to do and getting paid to do it. It was beautiful. It's a good day and time for me. Sometimes God has to show us just how amazing life with Him can be. He did that and I'm so thankful for Him doing so.
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