Job updates

I just wanted to announce that I now work part-time at Barnes and Noble. This is just a temporary position. When I get my degree in December I will start actively pursuing my engineering career. This is ok, because the Barnes and Noble position is only available until about mid-January.

Tomorrow, I interview at Target. I may have two part time jobs for the moment. I dunno if I want that though.

Also, I almost have an offer at an engineering company in town. The problem is that I’m written into one particular contract that they’re still waiting to see who got it. So if they win that contract, then I do have an engineering job. That would be so cool, because I really liked this company. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will win it, and preferably soon! But I will still have to keep looking once I finish my degree. Simply because they don’t know whether they will have the funding or not (it’s a brand new company).

Amazing Grace

Tonight I was over at Stephen and Misty’s. As I was about to leave, the topic of me
joining the Baptist church we attend came up. I have been delaying this because I am
not overly certain about the move from the Methodist denomination to Baptist. As we talked,
they said that the main difference that they know of between the two is the
idea of “once saved, always saved”. I really am not sure how I feel about that.

On one hand, I have a very hard time accepting the fact that someone could accept Christ,
and then immediately go on a shooting spree killing hundreds of people, yet they would
still be accepted by God. Had this person really been saved in the first place?
As soon as I ask that question though, I have to start asking the tought questions about
myself. Are the sins that I’ve committed since I came to know Christ enough to make
mean that I was only feux saved? I have a really tough time believing that as well.

On the way home though, I had an idea which makes all of this make at least a little bit
more sense to me. Christ is constant. He is there no matter where we go or what we do.
The act of being saved is not the be-all, end-all. Instead, it is the act of us finding
the way at least for that one moment in our lives. Even though we may stray, Christ will
always be there ready to guide us back, no matter how far off that straight and narrow
path we may wander.

As I was driving I started to sing:

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now am found
Was blind but now I see

And as I sang that song, I realized that the words of the song captured not a doctrine
or anything of that nature, but more simply a simple faith. Though completely unworthy,
through God’s ‘amazing grace’ we are saved and shown the way to come out of the
wilderness.

To Stephen and Misty, thank you for talking with me about this tonight. Even more so,
thank you for letting me talk the ideas out of my head rather than beating me over the
head with yours. I know that both of you must have a lot of ideas of your own on this,
but you saw that I needed to think on this for myself.

Holy Shrimp on a Stick, Batman!

Well, I went over and got advised on my masters program today. I found out that I was missing a rather important component to my plan of study… a major. Nobody told me about this thing until about a week ago! I had been under the impression for quite some time that all I needed was a couple math classes and engineering minor and everything else was free reign. Boy was I wrong! Once I had it pointed out to me though, I started to feel really stupid about the whole thing. Within minutes of looking in the course catalog, I could see just how abundantly clear it was that I needed to have a major.

It looks like this is going to end up making one of my 3-hour courses that I’ve already completed not really good for anything, except possibly to help out my GPA. My ideas of finishing early next fall are completely shot to hell. I don’t know anymore what classes I’ll be taking to finish up either (I was informed that the math classes I planned to take aren’t the ones the electronics faculty like us to take).

I’m hoping to be able to talk with Dr. Ho about getting him as my advisor tonight. Maybe from there I can get things lined up and I can make sure that I don’t waste any more of my time!

My turn!

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

A venerated sage with vast power and knowledge, you gently guide forces around you while serving as a champion of the light.

Judge me by my size, do you? And well you should not – for my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life greets it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us, and binds us. Luminescent beings are we, not this crude matter! You must feel the Force around you, everywhere.

Yoda is a is a character in the Star Wars universe. More Yoda information is available at the Star Wars Databank.