Oct 27, 2009

From the Desk

by Amanda Baker

It’s Saturday night, and I’m staving off a severe case of writer’s block. This would not be that unusual, since all writers face this horrible, ink-blotted monster at some point in their career. However, this should not be my problem, because I have way more to talk about than I know what to do with right now. But this time, it’s a good thing.

I absolutely adore individuals of wisdom, preferably those who have passed their 50th birthday. I love listening to their stories, asking them questions and hoping that their wisdom will rub off on me. However, on a campus full of college students, people over the age of 25 are hard to come by. So it was with hopeful expectations that I accompanied my quad mates, Courtney and Britney, to a dinner party at Bobby and Joanie’s house.

Bobby and Joanie, a cute couple who met in the Thomas Road choir eight years ago and married four months later, know how to throw a party for college students who are starved for a home-cooked meal. Lasagna, salad and garlic bread filled us up before a cookie cake and ice cream made an appearance for dessert. Bobby, Joanie and the other choir members that were there, Lorena, Candy and Tiffany, took a genuine interest in our lives, matching each of our stories with one of their own. Bobby who used to work as a security guard during Liberty’s early years, entertained us with stories of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. By the end of the night, they all knew each of our names, where we were from, and what our major was, among other random facts that we might have disclosed throughout the night.

Since I live so far away from home, it is easy for me to feel distanced from my friends and family. That’s why it is so cool to connect with people of all ages locally. They can physically be there for me when I’m missing those who can’t be. Even the small things, like a home-cooked meal and story swapping, can make me feel loved.

Older generations are called by God to be an example to the younger generation in Titus 2:2-3, which says, “That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, (and) teachers of good things.” Bobby and Joanie were an amazing example of this passage. They would not take any credit for anything they did that night. They pointed us back to the Lord, making sure that we gave him credit for anything that they did to serve us.

God has really looked out for me during my stay in Virginia, placing different people in my path who have all done something to move me closer to him. Bobby and Joanie joined the line-up of influential people tonight, and I know that he used them to encourage me for such a time as this.

Contact Amanda Baker at ambaker2@liberty.edu.

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