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unWritten | spring 2022

Updated: Feb 15


Feeling the warmth of a mild day, on what should have been a cold drab day in the middle of February, my son and I had a great conversation on a drive back from Messiah University.


As we leisurely made our way through the back winding roads around Reading, PA while eating our Chick-fil-A, we discussed college learning. Now you wouldn’t be wrong to think the nutty professor (you know, the one who once asked “What’s a Rubric?”) and the engineering major would have that much in common as it relates to college learning…however we landed upon a consensus - memorization will only take you so far and it’s the critical thinking and problem solving that seems to be in short supply.


I think sometimes we like to think that life is all about memorization and knowing that everything is scripted and written, absolute…but it’s not…and it’s not much fun when we live life that way. Sometimes it’s just good to “make it up” as we go along…sort of like some of the lyrics in a song called “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield, a woman of faith:


“I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined. I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned..."Sometimes my tries are outside the line. We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes. But I can’t live that way…”


In my first blog over two years ago I stated I have a “desire to live a life of greater faith and courage" and “we don’t always get to write the great story that we want, but we get to live a great one that He writes.”


I think I want to add one more line to that…I’m not sure who said it to me but I want to share it here…”I hate to ruin the end of the story for you…but it all works out in the end.”

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