THE STATE OF THE HAM: WINTER 2020

Blog Good Time Posted December 26, 2020

2020 was a year where experience and expertise were shunned, and bluster and ignorance were rewarded. Our court system, the post office, the country’s pandemic response infrastructure, the intelligence community, and the electoral apparatus are all very much broken now. I’m certain there’s a warehouse full of Y2K disaster manuals that will serve us well into 2021.

But was 2020 really all bad? I can remember when last year was “simply the worst.” Then the year before that. And then the year before that. Every year will certainly a “bad year” for someone, but the collective angst for any given year always seems to be manufactured – with the upcoming new year marketed as one full of positive change. But good things happen all the time; It just often gets unnoticed by the horrifying prism of online news and discourse. The good news of Jesus Christ is certainly no exception to this. In Isaiah 43:18-19, God says “Stop dwelling on past events and brooding over times gone by; I am doing something new; it’s springing up – can’t you see it? I am making a road in the desert, rivers in the wasteland.”

Don’t let the memes convince you otherwise. If you still have a job, are healthy, and have people who care deeply about you – you had a decent year. But God surely has greater things in store, not just for you but for the whole world – things that He can only do through us if we let him. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” And with that, here is some proof that I had a good year:

WEBSITE:
I worked really hard on BRHM.CC, and I'm really pleased how it turned out. It looks great and is easy to read on any device. I created this website for two reasons:
  1. To keep my friends and family up to date on what I'm doing with my life.
  2. To serve as a gallery for my art and web development related projects.
I'll keep updating this website with content and social functionality. If you are an employer – feel free to reach out to me, and I’ll ask my parents if it’s okay to use the computer. Thanks!

CMA LEAD PROGRAM:
Nearly ten years after graduating from The University of Akron, I decided to go back to school for ministry. I always had a heart for serving others, and I believe this program will shape me and fit me into where I’m supposed to be in life. The first few semesters will focus on becoming a disciple-making discipler. My final semester will see me making advancing God’s Kingdom in another country. I’ve already finished my first semester, and… I think it went well.

CHRISTMAS AT LANDOLL'S MOHICAN CASTLE:
Me, my wife Mary, and our friend Paige spent a few nights at Landoll's Mohican Castle in Loudonville, Ohio. Here are a few pictures from our adventure. I apologize for nothing.

Happy 2021, everyone!

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