Why Do We Love to Clean

While I love school, I REALLY love my breaks from school. I have noticed that I nearly always spend my first few days of break cleaning the house all day (and boy does my room need it after a busy semester!). Then when I get bored, I start going through my room and getting rid of whatever I can in hopes of becoming a minimalist. I have been doing this for years, and I am still nowhere near minimalist territory, but at least my room isn’t stuffed! As I have used my precious free time to clean, I have wondered why I can’t seem to resist the urge to clean as soon as I get the opportunity.

Why do we love to clean? And why do we feel so yucky when our living environments descend to a level of chaos?

I am sure there are many answers regarding how a clean room effects are mental health, or how a clean workspace boosts are performance (I definitely always clean up before writing a big essay, and that strategy seems to be working pretty well so far). But today I want to focus on what is the deepest motivation for our desire to clean. The Bible says us humans were made in God’s image.

God is perfect, holy, clean, pure, and without spot of blemish (1 Peter 1:19).

Since we are made in His image, we unconsciously aim to reflect His character with our behavior.

Yes, we regularly fail to be clean and orderly just as we fail to reflect God’s character in other ways. But that does not mean we shouldn’t still strive to take care of all that God has given us!

I’m certainly not saying that “cleanliness is next to godliness”. I thought this was an actual Bible verse for a while – it definitely isn’t.

But there’s a reason people inherently desire to be cleanly and organized. It’s because we were made in the image of the Creator, and we were designed to reflect His Character.

1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” I think we have all discovered firsthand that when our living spaces are chaotic, it can greatly affect our sanity as we have to constantly be searching for the items we really need! God has designed us to feel at home with peace and order!

As the only creation made in His image, God designed us to reflect His character. And that is why we prefer order over chaos and clean over dirty. The next time I feel the urge to clean, I’ll smile, pick up the vacuum cleaner, and thank God that I can reflect His character with my actions!

The Incredible Life of Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt (the man tucked into the corner of Mount Rushmore) lived from October 27, 1858 to January 6, 1919 (Brown, 2019). He was born in the eastern United States, but the tough, bold leader that the American people adored was formed during his adventures in the West (Brown, 2019).

He was largely shaped by his ability to overcome trials (Brown, 2019). For example, his first wife and his mother passed away “within eleven hours of each other in the same house on St. Valentine’s Day, 1884,” (Brown, 2019, p. 3). Being an overcomer propelled him to become one of America’s boldest leaders (Brown, 2019).

He was the youngest assemblyman in New York history, the police commissioner of New York, the governor of NY, and the vice president of the United States before becoming president of the United States (Brown, 2019). He was reform-minded, and he judged all his decisions through this filter (Brown, 2019).

Roosevelt was unstoppable, working and playing hard. He had a magical, adventurous, infectious personality (“Personality”, 2014). His son compared the size of his coffee cup to that of a bathtub (“Personality”, 2014). He chugged coffee all day, every day (“Personality”, 2014). He wrote 150,000 letters during his life, making him the record-holding president for the most writing (“Personality”, 2014).

Roosevelt was dedicated to personal growth, reading a book per day, up to three books a day if he had some free time (“Personality”, 2014). He had unconventional White House conduct, wrestling with diplomats, play-fighting with friends, and regularly boxing with one of his aides – until a punch knocked out the sight in his left eye (“Personality”, 2014). Not to be deterred, Roosevelt gave up boxing only to pick up ju-jitsu (“Personality”, 2014).

While the Industrial Revolution brought incredible transformation and progress to America, it also had consequences (Wilson, 2019). Everyday people lost autonomy over their lives as they worked for mass industries and factories (Wilson, 2019). While many of the lower to middle class suffered, the business moguls grew wealthier, dominating the market by developing monopolies (Wilson, 2019). Some notable monopoly owners were people like J.P. Morgan, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt (Wilson, 2019). The monopolies were a problem because their strategy for survival and growth was to squelch out all competition through brute power and strength (Hawley, 2008).

Roosevelt was appreciative of the advances these monopolies brought, making America a more powerful international player, but did not believe they should succeed by taking advantage of the average citizen (Wilson, 2019). He was steadfast in his beliefs throughout his career, “Roosevelt held a consistent position: there was a power larger than the power of even the biggest, wealthiest business organization. That superior power was the power of the people, and of the public interest, as represented in the presidency in particular and the executive branch of the federal government in general,” (“Roosevelt and the Trusts”, n.d.). Part of his plan to deal with the monopolies was his “Square Deal”, which was Roosevelt’s commitment to breaking up consolidations of industries, which were dangerous because they endangered the free flow of trade (“Theodore Roosevelt”, 2019).

In an era decades before the Civil Rights movement, Roosevelt consistently reached out to black citizens, a notable example being his speeches (“The Square Deal”, n.d.). He acknowledged that African Americans were just as much citizens of the United States as anyone else and that they deserved to be treated fairly and given equal opportunity (“The Square Deal”, n.d.). He proudly spoke of his experiences fighting alongside black soldiers in the US military, grateful for the opportunity to work with such brave men (“The Square Deal”, n.d.). His actions as president were revolutionary, “Early in his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt sparked a scandal when he invited the African-American educator Booker T. Washington to dine with him and his family; he was the first president ever to entertain a black man in the White House,” (“Theodore Roosevelt”, 2019).

 

References:

Brown, C. L. (2019). “Teedie” to Teddy to TR: Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919–A Centenary Commemorative Essay. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, (6), 703. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsgao&AN=edsgcl.574176872&site=eds-live&scope=site

Hawley, J. (2008). Theodore Roosevelt : Preacher of righteousness. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.lopes.idm.oclc.org

Roosevelt and the Trusts. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ehistory.osu.edu/exhibitions/1912/trusts/roosevel

The Square Deal. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Learn-About-TR/TR-Encyclopedia/Politics%20and%20Government/The%20Square%20Deal

Theodore Roosevelt. (May 16, 2019). Retrieved from https://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/theodore-roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt’s Personality. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-roosevelts/

Wilson, E. (2019). Theodore Roosevelt and the Trusts. Retrieved from https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-now/lesson-plan/theodore-roosevelt-and-trusts

College Interview Series Pt. 9 – Pastoral School

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Welcome to the last college interview! Today my friend Jesse (who’s on staff at my church) is jumping on here to talk about his experience at Rhema Bible college! Jesse is like my big brother, and I can testify that he practices what he preaches about loving people. Here. we. go!

How many years did you study at Rhema? What did you study?

I completed a two-year program at Rhema… I entered into the Pastoral School of Ministry, not of my own will but was led to. I chose it because, well, I love people…

What kinds of courses did you have to take? What kinds of assignments did you have to do a lot of (tests, papers, lab reports, etc.)?

Courses are basic first-year courses like: Spiritual Growth Principles, Faith Library I, New Testament Survey, etc. For the Pastors School of Ministry, we would have classes specific to a person who wanted to be a Pastor. Classes like Church Planting, Media and Sermon Editing, Legal and Church Administration. Each class came with a book for us to read and study.

What was the hardest part about being in Pastors School? 

A: Having to be creative… I’m not the most creative and most organized person. That’s just not who I am. If I look at a messy closet, I’ll clean it, throw things away and put things relatively in the same place. I’ll be proud of it. If a creative organized person looks at the messy closet, this person will build shelves with bins and label these bins, color code the bins, make a floor plan for the closet, make and print signs for the person who is looking to store stuff in this closet specifying where this “stuff” should go.

Toughest class was by far the Church Planning…

  • Location

  • Finances

  • Legal

  • Paperwork

  • Insurance

  • Taxes

  • Board of trustees

  • Name

  • Mission statement

  • vision

Etc…….

What was your favorite part about Pastors School?

The wisdom, I was getting information that could save me years worth of mistakes both financially and emotionally. The growth, the classes stretched me, it grew me in my weak areas and also helped me see what I need to get better at.

Did you have a favorite class/subject in your studies? 

I can’t really pinpoint an exact class or study we did that was the best. It was all really fun and worth the tuition I paid. 

How did you study the best? 

At the end of the day, as I’m winding down, reflection is easier for me to do. Short bursts of 15-minute intervals of reading. Our studies consisted mostly of reading books…

What skills should someone develop if they want to pursue Ministry? 

Become a people person, ministry is all about serving people. It’s as simple as putting the other person before yourself. Letting so and so have the last donut, encouraging someone who had a bad day when your day was probably worst. God’s heart if people, if you can’t love people, ministry is probably not for you.

What were your next steps after graduation?

To be in the middle of whatever God was doing. I spoke that and believed I would be right where He wanted me to be. I did not really know where I was going to end up, I had no plan of going anywhere after graduation. My first step was to continue in the job I had and keep faithfully attending Rhema Bible Church.

Anything else you would like to tell someone who is interested in ministry or is already pursuing ministry?

Make time for God, be Spirit-Led and grow your Love Walk… It’s so easy to be working for the Lord instead of working WITH the Lord. He’s called us to PARTNER alongside Him, He’s called us into FELLOWSHIP, not slavery. Spend time with Jesus…

Always acknowledge God before making the BIG decisions. He will always show you where to go and what to say when you don’t know what to say or go. Because when you listen and obey Him, He will open up things for you at the right time.

Love is so important to being in ministry… God is love and He’s asked us to love others! It’s a simple but difficult command. When it’s not about you, then you can easily do ministry.

Thank you so much Jesse!

Exploding balloons?

Most of the time, I try to make my posts productive and insightful. Well, I’m taking a quick break from that! I have no idea why this amused me so much (I have a corny sense of humor) but I bought this bag of 72 balloons for a kids ministry I’ve joined. Well, apparently they are HIGHLY dangerous as I need eye protection AND and inflation device to use them. 😂😂😂 What do they have in them, shrapnel?!

What’s the craziest label you’ve seen?

College Interview Series Pt. 8 – Sociology

Next up we have Kayla! Kayla has got a big heart for kids, and I am so happy she jumped on here to talk about sociology. During my first semester in college, I took a sociology class and loved it! Let’s get straight to the interview so you can enjoy Kayla’s insight: 

What is your degree and why did you choose your degree?

I am majoring in sociology with a minor in communications. I chose this degree originally to do social work but changed my mind to pursue pediatric occupational therapy.

What kinds of courses do you have to take? What kinds of assignments do you have to do a lot of (tests, papers, lab reports, etc.)?

I have to take courses like stratification and inequality, marriage and family, intro to social work, statistics, and social psychology. There’s many more, but this just shows the variety of classes we must take. We usually just have papers and presentations with occasional tests and quizzes.

What has been the hardest part of your degree?

The hardest part of my degree in my opinion is balancing all the different papers I have to write. That, and taking statistics was very difficult.

What is your favorite part of your degree?

My favorite part of my degree is the core teachers and all the awesome sociology friends I have made through the program. We all just want to help make the world and society a better place, so it is fun to connect and brainstorm with one another.

Do you have a favorite subject/course within your major?

My favorite course was probably social psychology. I had an amazing teacher and I love psychology, so seeing psychology applied to society and sociology was really cool.

How do you study best?

When I do have tests, I study 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off. Since I’m a visual learner, I use flashcards or write things down repeatedly.

What skills should someone develop if they want to pursue your degree?

Problem-solving is important, research, cultural competency, and it isn’t a skill, but being open-minded.

What are your next steps after graduation?

I plan on working as a Behavioral Analyst for children with autism and taking some more classes at my community college for some prerequisites for my masters.

Anything else you would like to tell someone who is interested in your degree or is already pursuing your degree?

Make sure you have a passion, then apply that passion and follow it. It will make you more passionate in your classes and make assignments more fun.

Thank you for sharing your journey, Kayla! Enjoy graduation and moving into God’s next adventure for your life!

Come back next week for our final college interview – pastoral school!

College Interview Series Pt. 7 – Digital Design with an emphasis in animation

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It’s Monday again? Already? Time always flies during the school semester. Anyway, welcome back! Today my friend Julia is going to tell you all about her degree. I ended up sitting next to her in my Public Relations class because someone took my normal seat. After getting to know Julia, I am so glad that I had to switch seats! She is so sweet and graciously puts up with the slap-happy version of me (by the time I get to PR class I am tired and sugared up). Let’s get to the interview!

What is your degree (do you have an emphasis or minor)? Why did you choose your degree?

I’m majoring in Digital Design with an emphasis in animation. I started with this major because I wanted to work on movies and/or video games for a career despite how competitive and challenging it is to get into that field. I considered doing something more practical, but designing and telling stories was the one thing that I’ve always loved to do; I figured that I have to at least try to get that perfect dream job, no matter how it turns out in the end. Even if I don’t end up there, I’d be satisfied knowing that I gave it my all.

What kinds of courses do you have to take? What kinds of assignments do you have to do a lot of (tests, papers, lab reports, ect.)?

I’ve taken many classes ranging from 2d animation, 3d animation, 3d modeling, figure drawing, and graphic design. Most of my classes had very little tests and papers, and were primarily spent working on large scale projects. They’re all geared towards potential careers, making each one feel important and useful.

What has been the hardest part of your degree?

I think the hardest part about this major is that the majority of the work is a matter of skill. There is rarely ever any one right way to do things, which is good, but it also means that it can be that much harder to get my work to a level I’m satisfied with. I may get a good grade on an assignment for fulfilling all of the requirements, but I’m constantly having to compare myself to my classmates. I always have to be careful to view it as a challenge, rather than discouragement.

What is your favorite part of your degree?

My favorite part about my degree is that it is so well focused around the thing that I love to do most, which is to create. Almost every assignment I’ve done throughout these four years has left me with something to look back on. Whether it’s an animation that I hand drew, or a logo I spent weeks designing, I have been able to keep everything I made and remember what I learned each time. It makes it very easy to see how much I’ve improved. Every assignment comes with a sense of accomplishment.

Do you have a favorite subject/course within your major?

My favorite course was easily Figure Drawing, which I took during my second semester here at GCU. Every day was spent drawing real people and objects. There had been no other class that helped my art skills improve as drastically as that one did. Though it is such a basic drawing course, it taught me skills and techniques that I will use for the rest of my life.

How do you study best?

On the rare occasion where I did need to study for a test, I would make flashcards and sometimes have my roommate quiz me. But in regards to practicing artwork, finding references and tutorials online were lifesavers.

What skills should someone develop if they want to pursue your degree?

Get into the habit of practicing every single day, and learn to ask for critiques. It can be difficult to ask people to pick out the flaws in something you’ve made, but it is a crucial part of the journey. Once you start on this path, the critiques will never stop; it’s better to get used to it. Likewise, learn how to critique the work of your classmates. Too many people in this degree struggle with saying what they truly think about someone’s work because they’re afraid of hurting their feelings. It may feel awkward and uncomfortable at first, but doing so is the best way to help them and yourself grow as an artist.

What are your next steps after graduation?

I’m currently lined up for an internship at a marketing firm in Oregon for graphic design work. My ultimate goal is to do conceptual artwork, but considering how difficult it is to get into that field, it is very common for artists to do graphic design after graduating while polishing up their other skills until they’re at the level that can land such a competitive job.

Anything else you would like to tell someone who is interested in your degree or is already pursuing your degree?

Digital design and animation is for the passionate. Pursuing such a career is risky, but rewarding if you have the tenacity. Never stop practicing, and never stop loving what you do.

Thank you so much, Julia! I will be on the lookout for the animation work you will create in the future!

Come back next week! We’ve still got some awesome interviews to go!

College Interview Series Pt. 6 – Secondary Education with an emphasis in math

My cousin, Tony, graciously agreed to jump on here and expound on his degree and career. For years and years seeing Tony has been one of the highlights of the holidays because he is so. much. fun. While I will never agree with him that math is a wonderful thing, I will always respect him and his brains for taking on math (and highschool students!).

What is your degree (do you have an emphasis or minor)? Why did you choose your degree?

I earned my degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics. I picked this degree so that I could teach high school math.

What kinds of courses did you have to take? What kinds of assignments did you have to do a lot of (tests, papers, lab reports, etc.)?

I took mostly education and math courses. In my education courses, there was a lot of researching and writing about child development and teaching practices. In my math courses, there was more homework quizzes and exams.

What was the hardest part of your degree?

The upper-level math courses were the most difficult. These courses required writing many proofs of geometry algebra and calculus concepts.

What was your favorite part of your degree?

I enjoyed working with fellow students in the teaching program. We would have several classes together each semester, which allowed us to get to know each other better.

Did you have a favorite class/subject in your studies?

There was a mathematical problem-solving class that I really enjoyed.

How did you study best?

At a table listening to music.

What skills should someone develop if they want to pursue your degree?

Strong organizational skills and patience.

What were your next steps after graduation?

After graduation, I moved to Colorado and taught for two years before leaving education to work as a tradesman in Arizona.

Anything else you would like to tell someone who is interested in your degree or is already pursuing your degree?

Teaching is a difficult but rewarding job.

Thanks Tony! Meet me back here next week to hear from a digital design major!