The Struggles Of A Music Ministry Major

The Struggles Of A Music Ministry Major

Go to college they said...What could go wrong they said....

Most people deal with adults not taking their major seriously. However, this is so much worse for a ministry major. People don't think you can do it and they're constantly trying to get you to find a backup plan. What if you don't want a backup plan? What if you go through college facing these struggles anyway?

As a ministry student, you have to take a lot of classes with the same people. That's normal, right? However, at my school, there are only four classes specifically geared towards worship leadership. Almost everything else you have to take with this major is a music or ministry class. The problem with this is that both departments seem to be a little family and you're not invited. The first day of classes is like the family reunion where you're sitting in a corner like, "Hi, I'm socially awkward. How are you?"

None of your classes is in the same building. When most people get to their junior year, they are taking primarily classes for their major or minor. For example, I'm currently taking 17 credit hours and they consist of one music class, a Bible class that is comprised of mainly ministry students, and the rest are ministry classes. That makes it sound like most of my classes are in the same building right? Wrong. On a small campus, there are only so many buildings and so many classrooms. The ministry students get jilted on their space and have to share all of the academic buildings for classes. This means traveling across campus frequently. Good thing there's only ten minutes and no buses.

No one takes your major seriously, especially if you have a ministry minor. People are constantly saying things like, "What are you going to do with that," or "Wow, that's brave. I couldn't do that. You're brave." And, of course, the dreaded, "What will you do if that doesn't work? What's your backup plan? Shouldn't you have at least a business minor?" Gee, I don't know what I'm going to do, maybe work in a church, do ministry, and serve God? Maybe I don't need a back-up plan. Thanks, guys.

Not only do you have homework for days, as a music ministry major, you spend a good portion of time in the music building. All the people in the music department know you, and you spend so much time in the music building you feel like you never leave. Just the other day, the secretary for the music department and another student tried to find out if I had enough music credits for a minor. I don't. Not quite. But I'm close. Of course, we can't forget all those hours you spend in the practice rooms trying to hone your skills.

At the end of the day, you know it's worth it. All that time spent in the practice room just makes you a better musician. All those classes all around campus are worth it, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time. Even if it's zero degrees out and you have to trek across three feet of snow at 8 o'clock in the morning. Your perseverance and struggles will make you stronger in the end. People may not take you seriously, but you get to spend your life doing what God has called you to do.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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