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Why My Summer Job Is The Best

It's all because of the people.

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Each summer, college and high school kids try and find summer jobs. Maybe for some extra money or to try and sate the boredom that sets in approximately two days after school ends.

For me, I've been lucky to have the same summer job for six summers now. And while many of my friends are waitressing or camp counselors, I'm lucky enough to have an interesting summer job. I've been fortunate to spend my summers at a mini-golf course.

Now, many people might think, how is working on a mini-golf course interesting? Incredibly, I would answer. There are so many different components that go into it that my day is never dull.

All I have to do is look around me, and I have an endless opportunity for people watching. Because I have worked there for so long, I have to come to know different people who walk by each day. I know if I'm working at two o'clock I'll see the woman who walks are two white girls each day. Or at five-thirty on the dot, the lifeguards walk past the back of the course at the end of their day.

Another thing is the people I get to meet on the course. I have my favorite customers who come back each year. They usually have new additions to their family, and it's nice to see that they continue the tradition. I get to meet people who go to my college, whether they're alumni or current students. It's nice to have a common connection like that.

My favorite is the people who travel halfway across the world to visit the Jersey Shore. They usually come from England or Ireland. This year I met people from Spain, and it's always interesting getting to talk to them for those few minutes before they start their game.

Over the years, I have seen some pretty interesting things happen on that course. People just like to do stupid things when they think others aren't looking. The customers on that course can be more interesting than any book I could ever read.

I got this job before I even started high school and it taught me how to become even more responsible. I was trusted to work there, to give out the correct change, and do whatever task was delegated to me that day. Whether it be watering the flowers or pulling weeds, it showed me how to truly work.

The family that I work for has been so kind to me over the years. They welcome me back each summer, and each Memorial Day it's like I picked right back up where I left the previous Labor Day. They are one of the main reasons why I continue to return each year.

I honestly love my summer job. It's the best one I could have ever hoped for. I get to be outside on the beach every day, meet new and interesting people, and always have a constant stream of entertainment. It beats any other summer job out there and I'm happy to have found it.

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If You're A Millennial Christian, You Definitely Have A Relationship With Christ And These 19 Other Things

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix” – John 3:16
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1. A lowkey tattoo



Probably on your ankle or wrist. Bonus points if it’s scripture or a cross.

2. Birkenstocks

You’re extra Christian if you wear them with socks.

3. A church camp fling

I don't know if it’s the fellowship or the fact that it’s never really allowed, but Christians LOVE a good camp romance.

4. Extra long Patagonia shorts

Modest is ALWAYS hottest

5. XL shirts (even though you probably would fit into a small)

Shirt or a dress? The world will never know… good thing you have those extra long Patagonia shorts!

6. A thicc study bible

So what if you never actually read the stuff at the bottom? The font is big and the bigger the Bible the closer to heaven, right?

7. Hipster glasses

Because apparently freedom in Christ means freedom from contacts

8. A large collection of Christian books

"Love Does," "Not a Fan," "Redeeming Love," "Popular," and "Everybody Always" are on pre-order. We have them all and copies to give to our friends

9. A nose ring

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we can’t be ~edgy~

10. "Jesus Calling"

It likely sits by your bedside table at home, and you read it a few times a year.

11. La Croix

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix.” –John 3:16

12. A Young Life t-shirt

Whether you have dabbled in Young Life or can name all the camps in a single breath, everyone owns one!

13. The skill to create a killer Instagram story

Spending time in the Word = Spending time creating some sick instastories for the followers. Simple.

14. A Jeep, Subaru, or Suburban

Squad rolls up to church in style

15. A deep love for podcasts or a sermon series.

Did someone say The Porch? Elevation? Passion?

16. A one-piece swimsuit

Two types of people in this world: people who try to make a one-piece cute and people who rock the OG Speedo

17. The Church Clap

It’s not a Christian party until the church clap breaks out. The Holy Spirit loves to dance!

18. A social media cleanse

Whether you gave it up for lent or just felt compelled to give it up for a season, everyone has done it. Bonus points if you alerted your followers about it beforehand in a super long post. Bonus bonus points if it ended after a week.

19. Chacos

Single strapped or double. Toe strap or none. We don’t discriminate!

20. A relationship with Jesus Christ

Although it's funny to make fun of the random stuff a lot of Christians do (and don’t do), what really matters is our relationship with Jesus. I know a lot of Christians who don’t fit this stereotype, and that is totally okay! Doing these things isn’t going make you a better Christian, but spending time in the Bible every day will!

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The Truth About Politics In Religion And How It Affects Our Relationship With God

They don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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It's evident that religion can and has been used in politics from the values of voters and leaders. However, to use your religion or your relationship with God for making political decisions doesn't share the same meaning.

I've always loved finding all the best facts and research for argumentative work but I couldn't pursue that approach for this topic. Why? Because I've experienced the pattern in my relationship with God of how God defies logic.

God can't be contained to a definition or explanation. I liked the way I've heard one leader express that, "If you hear someone trying to explain to God as if he knows then he's a fool before he starts talking". That's a paradox within itself.

I've learned more recently to identify that the two sides of the paradox that you might wrestle with in understanding God are both true. That, yes, His hands are big and He knows exactly what to do to make you surrender but you'll also find no greater love than with Him because He has the biggest heart and knows what you need better than you do.

I think that accepting this paradox will differentiate between those that view politics religiously versus those that view it from 'what is God trying to do here'? The one that focuses on seeking 'what is God trying to do here?' would represent those with a relationship with God. This doesn't mean that referencing the laws of God exempts you from having a relationship but the love of God is the strength that sustains the relationship over the law. This is also a bit of a paradox because they're both important in Christianity.

There's the difference from seeing God as one-sided which is very prideful, limiting and incorrect compared to recognizing that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe that what we believe and how we see God will bring limitations or provision on how we can be used in God's plan for His kingdom on earth when it comes to the way the world is run.

God, our relationship with God and the law of God all have to be considered in the things we do as Christians.

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