Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)
Hope you had a stellar week! I’ve been helping out with a few of the homecoming events, which has been SO much fun. A lot of the events, and this evening, got me thinking about the fact that everything fun seems to happen at night: most of this week’s events, stargazing with awesome friends tonight, city events like the plaza lights. I could go on and on.
I have a mindset that business gets done during the day, and all the fun happens in the evening/at night. Maybe I shouldn’t feel that way, and there is a lot of fun to be had during the day, but I am at my happiest at night-time. Something about the darkness, or maybe it’s the stress of the day coming to an end, brings conversations, jokes, and just being with people to a different level. Some people get crazy as they get tired, others grumpy, and still others just laugh, but it is so much easier to get to know people as the day comes to a close, though perhaps we feel this way because we can dwell on these things as we sleep afterward?
I’m not sure what brought this up, but I’ve been thinking a lot about it recently. It seems like ties are made and severed after nightfall: making new friends, maybe losing some that made you emotionally unhealthy. But, sometimes it’s just trying to figure out what’s still open late in Olathe, and packing up the car to head to McDonald’s or Waffle House, or just to drive because it’s free (kinda).
These experiences are something you can’t get back, hours well spent, so I encourage you to stay up late once in a while, study all day so you can stay up late, and just be with people.
That’s all I’ve got for this week, I hope you all are blessed as you live your lives this week, and I’ll see you soon!
I’ve learned a lot in my classes here at MNU. However, I think I’ve learned even more outside of the classroom. Between countless chapel services, small groups, and the communal living at MNU, God has taught me more than I ever thought possible. One thing God has taught me these past few weeks is what it means to love someone.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, love is “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.”
While I partly agree with that definition, I think it’s much more than that. While having breakfast with my wise friend JD Andrews this week, she explained to me how she views love as a choice. At first, I wasn’t sure if I completely agreed with her, but the more she talked about her decision to love people, it came together in my mind.
John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.”
So, what if we don’t feel a “strong or constant affection” for someone? Well, Jesus still wants us to love them the way He loves us. That’s why we have to choose to love some people.
I’m extremely grateful that Jesus calls us to love people with more than just our feelings. It’s pretty scary how quickly and drastically emotions can change in a split second. One day you may want to hang out with your best friend all the time, and then the next day you find that everything she does annoys you. One day you may be attracted to someone, and then the next day maybe you aren’t for whatever reason. Love has to be more than feelings and attractions because those things aren’t always reliable. We are not called to act on our feelings toward someone; we’re called to act in obedience to the commandment to “love one another.”
I don’t know all there is to know about this whole “love” thing (and I never will), but I do know one thing…
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Wow. That sounds like a lot more than a feeling or an attraction.
As I continue life here at MNU, I pray daily that Jesus will help me choose to love people like He does. When we love people with a love like that, we can start to better understand the unconditional love that Jesus has for us.
So, there you have it… one of the many lessons that Jesus has been teaching me during my time at MNU. I can’t wait to share more with you in the weeks to come! Now go love some people!
Fellowship with these friends has been such a joy. We have learned so much and grown so much together.
Nice of you to stop by– and can I say this semester has flown by! We now only have 7 weeks left of this fall semester…. (mind-blown gasp) Yes its crazy, its intense, its ridiculous, and its scary– but lets not let that stop us from enjoying a read and learning about an amazing city. Yup, KANSAS CITY actually IS an amazing city.
Now I put “school in” in parentheses because you can leave those words in or out. If you have already graduated college or already attend a college than lets read this as “Why You Should Go to Kansas City” because… well, you should. If you’re in high school and about to make a decision of where to go- let me do some braggin’ on and convincin’ of Kansas City. (If you don’t know MidAmerica is in Olathe, KS– just a twenty minute straight shot away from downtown KC)
SO here it is… Why YOU Should Go to (School In) Kansas City:
If you’re a sports fan:
Do I really need to say anything else about these Royals, man? If so read my post from a few weeks ago– it will enlighten you. We are now in the World Series and can I say this city is going crazy! Even the fountains (if you didn’t know Kansas City has the second most amount of fountains in a city) are all blue, ROYAL blue! If you don’t believe me here is some convincing:
Also I got the chance to go to game 3 against the Orioles… Here I am with my sister
If you aren’t a huge baseball fan- no worries! Our KC Chiefs are doing pretty well! Arrowhead Stadium is actually the loudest stadium in the world! Our MNU boys even got the chance to play there! Here is a picture with my friends at the game:
If you like soccer– good news! KC has one of the best soccer teams in the MLS! Heading out to Sporting is always a fun time!
If you’re into the arts:
I say this in my fancy voice. KC is great if you love the arts! My sister and I went to the ballet this last weekend at the Kauffman Center…. and let me just say I was impressed all around. It may have been for a project but I quite enjoyed it!
They have the symphony, ballet, and opera all at the Kauffman Center which is beautiful! Also the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is phenomenal as well as the Plaza Art Fair!
(Also if you like jazz- check out the Green Lady!)
If you love to eat:
Who doesn’t? But KC is a great place to grab some good food. We are known for our BBQ–I highly recommend Oklahoma Joes which did not originate in Oklahoma believe it or not– There are soo many good places to eat though! Great Mexican restaurants, fondue places, all you can eat meat restaurants, amazing burger places, and soooo much more! You really can’t get enough of the good cookin’ in KC.
If you’re a hipster:
Oh man this is a great place for you! Every coffee house in KC seems to have that “hipstery” flare (yes I made up a word). I personally love the Roasterie– which has 3 KC locations! Yay happy day! (Also I have a free drink to redeem so I need to stop by there get myself a Chai latte)
If you love some good concerts- we have so many great places and get so many great bands. City and Colour is a personal favorite of mine and this year is the second year in a row they have come to KC.
Also we have the river market, farmers market, First Fridays (vintage findings in West Bottoms), and West Port…. (enough said).
If you love a good theme park:
Good news! MNU is 30 minutes away from Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun… Also about that distance away from Schlitterbahn Water Park!
If you love Christmas:
Can I tell you there is nothing better than the Christmas season in Kansas City… The Plaza lights, Crown Center, and Union Station– they make the season so much more cheerful! I even posted a blog about it last year– feel free to check it out I am sure I will be writing another one soon enough however!
If you love nature:
Kansas City is huge and vast, so don’t think you’ll be surrounded by buildings with no nature. Just take a short drive and you’ll see it. On MNU’s campus we have the BEST trees around! (seriously though) If you drive 30 minutes south you’ll be on some farms, and in an hour drive or so you’ll hit the flint hills (yes we know Kansas is a flat state and the flint hills are basically nothing- but c’mon they are still pretty cool for a flat state).
There is soo much more… but I will leave you with this to ponder. Seriously you need to come to KC. If you need more information… stop by this site:
Sorry this is coming at you a day late, but I hope everyone is having a great weekend- it’s the last day of fall break for MNU students and I’ve had a great time.
School breaks or even weekends can be a great time to get to know some friends better- by having them come to your hometown or you going to theirs. It’s so fun to see all of the places in their hometown your friends talk about, meet their family and friends from back home, and get a home cooked (free and delicious) meal!
Having friends over to see my house when we need a break from the non-stop busyness of the campus is a great time to connect with them, but going out of town to someone else’s house is amazing, and that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend.
This weekend, my friends Rico, Taylor and I all packed up into Grace’s car and headed to Carthage, Missouri for their annual Maple Leaf Festival.
We got to have fun with her family, eat smoked ribs and chicken, stay up late and watch movies, and even go to a haunted house in Joplin, Missouri. The Maple Leaf events were exciting as well- we saw an almost three hour parade featuring some great marching bands, saw a band festival/competition, and got to do some great people watching.
We’re on our way back to campus today feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester, ready to see all of our other friends, and ready to talk to them about their fall breaks and ours.
I hope you have an amazing week, and I’ll see you this weekend!
This time, I’m gonna talk about something I’ve had to remember this year especially.
It is SO easy to just act however you want and act however you think will impress your friends. It’s even easier to say things behind people’s backs, or take judgmental posture, but we need to remember that people are always watching, and people are always listening. Whether you know it or not, someone may be modeling their behavior off of yours.
I’m a Freshman Seminar Mentor this year, so it’s been even more important to remember this than ever. The freshmen in my group are an awesome bunch of people and I can’t wait to continue to get to know them this year.
I’m guilty not only of being a bad example at times, but of following someone else’s bad example. We need to look at positive examples and be able to discern between positive and negative behavior. It’s great to have friends that you can laugh with, but what/who are you laughing at? It’s better to have friends you can sit down and open up with, who can make you laugh at yourself, or at their stories; these are the ones that will last a lifetime.
Even while still in high school, you can start to seek out deeper friendships with friends you already have, and you can look for new ones. It’s been hard to cut poisonous people out of my life because I genuinely cared about them, and I still do, but it’s so important to surround ourselves with people we can rely on, people who can help us tackle the hard times, and the tough questions.
That’s about all I have for this week! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next weekend!
Last Saturday I had the honor and opportunity to run in the Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5k Run/Walk. Going on its 16th year, this event honors the lives of Jared and Jayne Coones who died of cancer.
Got my shirt and race number. I’m ready for this thing.
MNU is a big sponsor of the event and they have a big tent and they paint people faces. It’s really a cool event. MNU also has a team that runs in the event.
Team MNU in all of its glory
I’m not going to lie the I underestimated the pace of the race but I still did a lot better than I thought. In high school I used to run track. I ran the 400 and 800 in high school. So I haven’t really ran “competitively” in about 5 years, I have a game to play later in the day and my head coach randomly shows up and 2 of his kids are also running in the race. Also I’ve never ran anything like a 5K before so this is all new and dangerous territory.
Not bad for a guy who has ran in five years. I finished 49 out of 1387 people who ran the 5K competitively, the 47th male of 761 males who competed, also 7th out of 21 in my age group of males 20 to 24.
In the end it was an amazing experience, to be able to do something for higher cause and honor the memories of two people in the process. To be honest the best part of the race was the end when everybody who was in the race were able to get massages after the race.
Shout out to the people at ProCare Chiropractic, Dr. Toby Scott came in the clutch for making sure, I was well taken care of and that I was ready for the game later on the in day. This man is a life saver.
The race was held at Black Bob elementary, its a couple of blocks from MNU. Right now the race is almost over and everyone is starting to gather in gym for the awards ceremony
At the end of all this I still had a game to play at 6 pm that day at Central Methodist University deep in the back woods of Missouri. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win but it was an amazing day. But trust me I’m probably not going to doing all this again. Next we have Missouri Valley at Arrowhead Stadium, its going to be a HUGE game, and man I can’t wait.
I hope you all had a great week! I had a week full of studying and other “fun.”
This week, I’m gonna talk about Kansas City, the metro area we at MNU call home.
I’ve lived in Kansas City for a while, but there’s still so much to see and do that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve lived in a few different parts of KC, so let’s build some background on that.
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in Prairie Village, Kansas. Soon after, my family moved to Olathe. When my family was called to missions in Ireland, we moved to Overland Park while we prepared everything, and raised money to fulfill our budget. We moved to Greystones, in Ireland in 2001, when I was entering first grade. We served and lived in Europe for 8 years. When we came back, it was time for me to start high school, and we moved to Roeland Park. My house is now in Shawnee, although I live on campus.
So, as you can tell, I’ve been around the block a little, and areas I haven’t lived near, I’ve definitely explored.
There’s a lot of great places to explore, shop and hang out with friends all over KC, so remember, when you come, to live a little and get out of Olathesometimes! There are things to do inside the I-435 loop, believe it or not. We have so much so close, so it’s a waste not to check it out.
Some of my favorite spots are:
1. The Plaza
2. The WWI memorial
3. 63rd Street Homes
4. Zona Rosa
5. The Legends
6. Crown Center
7. Union Station
And here’s an awesome photo of some friends and I hanging out in KC just last night:
Me, Morgan, Alexis, Grace and Rico!
Thank you so much for reading, and have an awesome week!
Last Thursday, my friends and I participated in the annual freshman photo scavenger hunt. It was a stressful, fun, long night of driving all over Olathe and crossing things off our list. Here’s a few pictures of the crazy things we had to do!
1. Take a picture with sunglasses on
2. Take a picture at a drive through window with an employee
3. Take a picture with the statues outside Chapala
4. Take a picture at a laundry mat
5. Take a picture in front of a fountain
6. Take a picture of someone hula hooping
7. Take a picture of everyone jumping in the air
8. Take a picture posing with mannequins in a store front window
9. Spell out a word with your body and take a picture of it
10. Take a picture with a person wearing K-State gear
11. Make a waist high tower with cans in a grocery store and take a picture with it
12. Take a picture on a bed at a furniture store
13. Take a picture in front of the Olathe City sign
14. Take a picture with someone wearing KU gear
15. Break up random couple holding hands and walk between them holding both their hands and take a picture with them
16. Take a picture of someone eating a sample at Silas and Maddy’s
17. Take a picture posing as statues in a store or at a park