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.
This week is all about the shout outs to some of my favorite people on and off campus! You meet so many people during your four years at MNU you could practically fill up a book of yellow pages! That is what makes MNU so amazing, is all the people you meet along the journey. So this week I dedicated to a few special people!
These girls mean a lot to me! They understand me and have been there for me since the very beginning when we all found out we got elected as executive members for Assocaited Student Government! Presley, Alyssa, Kristi, Lauren and Kylen (starting from the left).They encourage me to keep going even when times are frustrating. Thanks for the support girls! #girlsruleboysdrool
This is Becca. If you have guys read my last blog you would remember that she has been one of my best friends since Freshman year and last year we lived together. Well her senior night was last night and it was amazing. They beat Benediction in a 3-0 upset. I made this collage for her from pictures since freshman year of us at her games. She is a great volleyball player and a great friend!
A few weekends ago some of my friends and me went to the lake to help celebrate my friend Nancy who was getting married. It was such a fun and relaxing weekend. This is Bre, she graduated from MNU with a nursing degree and her husband Rustin also graduated from MNU and played basketball. She is such a sweet girl and we had a blast at the Lake of the Ozarks.
This is Kristi. She is on ASG and her role is Director of Pioneer Spirit, which means she gets people pumped about the upcoming games that are happening. This was from our first football game when ASG put on a tailgate. The team won and we had a great turn out at the event. She is a great planner and a even greater friend. She also happens to be hilarious! This is someone you want to get to know if you do not already know her.
These are my awesome parents. This picture is from this summer when we went on a family vacation to Colorado. These two people mean the world to me and so I felt a shout out was in order. They support me and love me no matter what and push me to be a better person. They are always showing up for me and make me want to strive to be a better person. Plus my dad loves watching sporting events so we are buds when it comes to going to different games whether it be a MNU game or the Royals.
My last shout out goes to my roommates in Ramsey 3! Four of them play soccer. This was from a soccer game they had at the beginning of school. These girls let me love life and teach me how to. They are hilarious and always know how to make me laugh. We have grown so close these first few months from school and I can not wait to see where the year takes us. Thanks for putting up with me and always making me laugh!
Well that is it for this week! As always, comment and I would love to chat with you about any questions you have for me! Stay awesome and stay blessed!
Now if you know anything about me you will know that I love to give advice. I mean LOVE it. That is in fact what I am studying to be (I am majoring in psych because I want to be a counselor). I am really passionate about seeing people come into their own potential in what God wants to do in their lives.
So if you have read any of my blogs last year I did a few Advice Sessions so I thought why not? (shoulder shrug).
I wanted to give you a few things that have really helped me grow in my faith. Obviously there are reading your Bible, praying, going to church– the basics– but these are the things that have helped me grow beyond the mediocre and what I would advise any one of my friends. So here are a couple:
1. Taking time out of my day to sit and be quiet. I have so much noise in my life– talking and listening, classes and studying, working and interacting, music and my slight obsession with Grey’s Anatomy (don’t watch it if you want to be or continue to be a diligent student). Even when I am praying I am quick to talk and not listen and be quiet. I think we miss out on God sometimes because we are not quiet enough or slowed down enough to wait and listen.
2. Join a small group! Seriously they are great! I was in one my freshman year here at MNU and again this semester. They have helped me grow so much in the last couple years. From being able to being accountable and being consistent, to building community and fellowship–they are all important. ALSO MNU has several great ones! Gert involved in that community aspect of this school!
3. Surrounding myself with people who encourage me and bring positive and godly life! Don’t underestimate the power of some godly friends. Through any situation they are there and they are great.
4. Walk out in the gifts God has given you. I think so often I am quick to pass up on opportunities, or I think God won’t use me. Or I think I am only limited to a particular gift God has given– but then I put God in a box.. By praying and figuring out my gifts I have been given, and working on letting them develop by using them– I have grown so much more! Don’t just sit around asking God to fill you when He has already given you gifts and wants you to step out and use them to serve one another.
This is a piece of song I am working on (This is me trying to step out in the gifts God has given me) and it has to do with point of in not forgetting your first love.
5. Finally the lesson I am learning this year– if you do all these things: join small groups, surround yourself with good influences, walk out in service and gifts that challenge you and take you to the next level– but forget the very reason you will lose it. Don’t forget your first love
This is just some practical advice from my own experience that has helped me take my walk to the next level. Hope it helps you too!
In case you didn’t know, the MNU FB team beat Missouri Valley 21 to 17. We played at Arrowhead Stadium (YES WHERE THE CHIEFS PLAY!!). Missouri Valley was the #7 ranked team in the country. While we weren’t even ranked. Not a lot of people besides the MNU faithful (Shoutout!) gave us a chance to win that game. This game had everything, as every rivalry game should. One of the coolest things about the game happened before the game started, we were the home team so we got to stay in the Chief locker room, it was amazing being able to get an inside look on what NFL players experience every day.
This picture still doesn’t do the the Chief’s locker room justice. I mean…. You basically had to be there yourself.
After getting my wits together, thats when I went to go check out the field. Walking down the tunnel was amazing, you think it can’t get any better until you hit the field.
Yea I’m not going to lie, I went crazy with my snap chat today, but hey who wouldn’t right? But my snapchat story was like 400 seconds. Sorry but not sorry.
The hallowed field of arrowhead. There is so much history on this field that I can’t even try and explain it. I was so intimidated by it. I guess you could say I could feel the Chiefs’ mystique, from Len Dawson throwing TD passes to Otis Taylor, Derrick Thomas sacking Dave Kreig SEVEN times, and Jamal Charles running wild today. (You could tell I studied up on my Chiefs history before this game.)
Arrowhead Stadium, the loudest stadium in NFL and I got to play there.
Of course you know everybody on the team went crazy and took a lot of pictures.
Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I’m glad to call these guys my brothers.
Finally I got that paparazzi mode out of me, it was time to focus on the task at hand. But I had to sneak one picture in.
I mean can you blame me
As we are getting ready for game and the team is lining up to hit the field. We were told the seniors were going to be introduced. That was so freaking amazing. To hear my name called and introduced, I mean I can’t even describe how I felt. I couldn’t even talk and was barely even able to function.
One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cool as this.
The game is was amazing. The game was shown on ESPN U and ESPN 3 (Shoutout!). My mom recorded the game, so when I go home, I’m going to reliving that game all over again. The game had it all, great defense, hard hits, huge plays on offense, that moment in every close game when you need to dig deep inside yourself and leave it all out on the field, and our team did that. We took every punch that Missouri Valley hit us with, and then knocked them out with a few of our own.
Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.
Wesley Foryoh, I call him Wes, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.
Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.
The receivers step it up this week and made big plays all day. I couldn’t be more amazed at how we played. Top to bottom, we balled out. Of course you know it wasn’t all offense, our defense played their guts out, giving Missouri Valley fits and beating them down all day.
Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a huge pass breakup that iced the game for us.
DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would’ve thought he didn’t play because he was so clean.
Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.
When the game clock had the triple zeros on them, I just lost it, I couldn’t believe it. We won, and in one of the scariest, greatest, and most heart stopping ways possible. I couldn’t control my emotions, I just started crying all I could think of is my aunt and her struggle with cancer. How strong she is and how she fought her heart out and won. I will never forget his day for as long as I live. A once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing.
We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer
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 can not even begin to describe my excitement this week has held for me! As a sports fan born and raised in Kansas City, the last several years have been rather disappointing. Between the Chiefs and the Royals, a few tears have been shed, several screams of frustration have escaped, and an every once and awhile throwing of an object, have been spread throughout my lifetime. The only news of glory from my KC sports teams were stories my dad, uncles, and grandpas liked to talk about.
And just within this last week, the Royals… THE Kansas City Royals, ended their 29 year drought of playoff appearances! And everyone reading this goes wild! I mean seriously this gets me emotional. I have literally been waiting my ENTIRE life (and some) years to see the Royals do ANYTHING.
So when I was reflecting on this week and what I was to write about, this was pretty much the only thing that came to mind. I mean people across MNU campus were tweeting, yelling, and cheering. Talk about some excitement!
Now to relate this post back to something practical (especially for those of you who aren’t sports fans) I wondered what it would be like if people would spend as much time and as much excitement on the Lord as they did about the Royals ending their drought. I mean people are spending hundreds of dollars on tickets, posting thousands of posts on social media, and cheering and yelling to wake everyone in their dorm up, staying up late watching the long extensive games, and carrying conversations with friends and strangers about last nights game.
Now none of this bad, if it was I am in trouble… BUT I think there is a point to be said there. It is so easy to get wrapped up in something (it may not be sports for you) but so many times we forget to get wrapped up in the very thing that brought us here to begin with. If we would just take the time to stay up and listen and sit in his glory, tithe a little of our money once a month, post on social media about all what God has done in your life instead of complaining, and having conversations with friends and strangers about the Lord, our world would look so different! Our ministry, our churches, our lives, and our relationships would look different!
Sometimes it just takes little steps… Maybe start spending 15 minutes of your day with the Lord and go on from there.
This doesn’t mean you can’t stay up late watching the games and tweeting your little hearts out about the Royals (believe me I still will be… you can catch it all @haleyraydo) but maybe next time you sit down to watch the Royals or whatever it may be you get excited about, remember the Lord and His goodness. And remember to take that relationship one step further than the I go to church on Sundays, pray before meals, and sit in a Christian beliefs class kind of level.
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