The Path of God

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you need to breathe, trust, let go  and see what happens

-Unknown

This is an incredible amount of wisdom. Sometimes you don’t know where your path is going to lead you. Maybe you know where your path is leading you, but you just don’t have a plan. Sometimes you just need to trust God and let him guide you to where you are meant to be. It can be very hard to let go sometimes especially if you don’t know what you need to let go of.

I am still quite young and I know where my path is leading me towards. However, I do not have a plan on how I am going to end up working in a Nonprofit. But don’t forget it takes little steps at a time. I sometimes wonder if this blog could be the key towards opening a Nonprofit. Some people feel like my Nonprofit idea is impossible, but I have faith that it will happen. I really want to expose those living in homelessness and poverty to experience the power of live theatre. I want them to be the actors.

I have no idea on how to get this idea started. People keep on asking me if I have a plan. I have no clue how I am going to get it started. In fact, every step I do is guiding me in the right direction. I am hoping my Sociology degree is going to help me find a job in Nonprofit. I have a few ideas on how to get my Nonprofit started, but still don’t have a plan. I want to get enough experience in Nonprofit before I start planning to start my own. Why have a plan if it is still to early to start planning especially if it involves Nonprofit? Nonprofit is very risky, but if that is where God wants me to end up and if that is a passion then I will head in that direction. One idea is to maybe get actors to perform scenes from both musicals and plays at a shelter. The other is to raise enough money and actually take that community to the theatre and we will discuss it afterwards.I thought of this Nonprofit when I realized how much benefit theatre has given me and so I began to wonder how much more benefit theatre would give to the homeless.

Just don’t worry. You will eventually be where you want to end up. Yes,  sometimes life can be scary. But God will get you there and the key is to love and trust Him. It will be helpful to continue developing and nurturing your spirituality.  My Nonprofit will happen some time in the future. I just don’t know how to get there. But if there isn’t a plan quite yet, then don’t worry because everything always happens at the right time. There is no way I am going to open a Nonprofit alone. Sometimes you don’t understand why God wants you to do something that could be out of your comfort zone. But doing things outside of you comfort zone is one of the best things ever and allows you to grow.

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What does God want me to do?

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with question: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and heart and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments”

-Matthew 22:33-40

Is it possible to know everything about the bible and not truly love God?

That can happen. The Pharisees know everything about the bible, but yet they tend not to love God. All God really wants is for us to love him. We are God’s children. God wants us to become the church. The Holy Spirit is God and He lives inside us through our soul. If we love God, then our life would be more fulfilling. Love is greater then fear and is the key to fixing this broken society. Yes, it may be hard to love God at times, but if we trust in him, then He will guide us on a strong spiritual journey.

“Teach me your way, Lord that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name”

-Psalm 86:11

It makes no sense that we are called to passionately love God, but yet we must fear His name.What does fear have to do with love? We all know that love is greater then fear. It is the most complex and best human emotion. What does it really mean to fear God’s name?

Heroes in Musicals

What exactly makes a hero? Heroes always tend to stand up for what they believe in and show grand courage. As many know, I am a musical fanatic and I was thinking about what characters would be considered heroes.

In your opinion, what are some of the musical heroes? Below is an example, but I want you all to share your opinion on your musical heroes.

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I feel as if the Newsies are heroes. To understand why they are heroes, you need to understand how difficult their lives are. They live in poverty and most are orphans or runaways. They have to survive off of the same salary by selling newspapers. The price they have to pay to purchase the newspapers they sell is 50 cents per 100 papers. Conflict comes in with Pulitzer decided to raise the price of the distributing price to 60 cents per 100 papers, which will force the Newsies to sell more papers, but they are not able to sell back the papers. They are heroes by standing up for what they believe in through a strike. The strike is protesting that they think it is unfair the price is raised.

So, I will let you decide on what musical characters do you think are heroes.

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Becoming Open-Minded

What does it mean to be open-minded? In my opinion, it is giving something a chance. It means exploring something from a different perspective. Being open-minded always is worth it. I am aware it can be hard to be open-minded at times and end up with the wrong perspective. Sometimes I have been extremely close-minded to certain subjects and genres.

One of the biggest things I was so close-minded to was the genre of tragedy. In ninth grade, I discovered the genre for the very first time through Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Not only was I close-minded to tragedy, but also close-minded to Shakespeare. I automatically associated tragedies with sad and thought they were nothing more. All through high school, each time I had to read a tragedy, I ignored it and pushed it far back like it didn’t belong in theatre. I didn’t realize I was soon to learn that tragedies were way more then I thought they would be. Well, that happened in the most unexpected of ways, but glad I finally learned to love some of them.

When I went to see the movie of the musical, Les Mis, I came in not knowing what that title meant and already knew “I Dreamed a Dream”. I wasn’t even told that Les Mis was a tragedy, but glad I didn’t know or I wouldn’t have gone at all. I mainly decided to see the movie to listen to “I Dreamed a Dream”. I was quite unsure coming into the movie whether or not I would like it or not. The moment I realized Les Mis was a tragedy was after the first character died and I was so in shock. The rest of the movie I watched in shock not knowing how to respond. I was quite surprised that musicals are home to tragedies because I grew up believing that all musicals were comedies. It is true that most musicals are happy, but I learned how to call all musicals joyful.

But well if you think about it, it was so worth it not realizing Les Mis was a tragedy until I saw the movie. I decided to give the movie a second chance a couple of months after the first viewing, and this time I got way more out of it. The tragic moments were easier to handle because I already knew they were coming. That time around I started to realize there was something special about the emotional impact in Les Mis. I did want to know why this heartbreaking musical always ended in an uplifting way and decided to learn more. I realized that at its core is a story of love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption. From Les Mis, I learned the real value of tragedy and why the genre matters. So through Les Mis, I learned not to judge a book by its cover in terms of genre. The genre is not quite as important as the actual plot and characters.

So, try to be more open-minded. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Try to find value in things you just don’t want to give a chance. All because of Les Mis, I realized that I never should of been close-minded to tragedy in the first place. I try to see beyond the genre and figure out what it is at the very core of novels or anything else in literature. Besides Les Mis, there are other sad shows I learned to love. The others are Rent and La Bohème, but I do like West Side Story, but don’t love it.

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God’s Purpose

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”

-Exodus 9: 16

Why are we in this Earth? What are we called to do?

Those questions can be hard to figure out, but God works in mysterious ways.

I never thought that using your purpose could actually help you see God’s power. God’s power works every single day. If we trust in him, life is so worth it and easier to survive. I love my spiritual journey with Christ. I love being this spiritually strong person and I will nurture that and just allow it to grow.

I know that my purpose is to make a difference in those living in poverty and homelessness. I realized that was my purpose in high school. I did this incredible exercise at an Outreach weekend event. It was at dinner and it showed the different classes and how much of it is represented in the world. Our name tags had symbols or nothing at all, which represented three different classes. Only four people had stars on their name tags, which represented the wealthy and they were served and got to appreciate the best meal. At the middle class table, they had triangles on their name tags and there were only ten people and they served by family style. Unfortunately I was stuck in the poverty section and we had to sit on the floor and only had rice, beans, and water and used paper bowls, cups, and napkins. This exercise helped me realized that the vast majority of the world lives in poverty and it was at that moment that I found my calling. At first, I thought I only had to volunteer on the side, but in college I was to find out God did not want me to do that with my life.

He showed me where I was meant to be and how I was supposed to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate then me. I discovered in my 2nd semester of Gardner Webb that I wanted to work in Nonprofit and that was when I realized that God wants me to work with them instead of volunteering on the side. I was surprised once again last semester when God had told me that I somehow had to eventually open up my own Nonprofit. I never thought He was leading me in that direction and He somehow did. In that semester, I was already a musical fanatic and absolutely loved them and was aware of how much benefit theatre has been doing in my life. I begin to think how much more benefit theatre would give to those living in poverty and homelessness. That is when I thought about starting my own Nonprofit that would support that. I am thinking that being involved in theatre will help them get off the street and will give them meaning for once in their lives. The Nonprofit will focus on them performing in musicals and plays. It is crazy that God wants me to start a Nonprofit someday. He somehow wanted me to incorporate both of my main passions into one idea.

I feel like I am more passionate about musicals then volunteering, but God has called me to give back, which will help fix this broken society. God has called me to do this, but I still don’t see myself as a leader, but that is what I need to see myself as if I want to start a Nonprofit. I have no idea how to move forward with an idea and turn it into something. I have two ideas on how to get this idea started. One is to brings actors to shelters and have them perform scenes from musicals and plays there. The second idea would be having enough fundraisers and take them to the theatre and we would discuss the show afterwards. This idea almost seems impossible, but I will never give up on this dream job. If I want to make a difference and follow my purpose, then I have faith that it will eventually work out. I never thought that these two passions could ever come together because they are so unrelated to each other. This idea sounds crazy and risky, but I would rather follow my heart in a job compared to a job that makes a lot of money. Getting my Nonprofit is going to taking many steps and yes there will be times when I will fall, but God will pick me back up and allow me to continue. God is so powerful and mighty that He truly understands your passions and allows you to fulfill your purpose on this earth.

Power of Songs in Musicals

What does melody remind me of? It reminds me of the world of musicals. The world of musicals are quite unique. What is it that makes musicals so appealing and enjoyable?

I think what makes musical so unique are the songs. The songs are always what makes me fall in love with a musical. If I love the songs, I always love the musical. As you fall in love with the songs, you are  falling in love with the emotions as well. The songs are so wide-ranging from topics and emotions to varying degrees. They consist of wonderful ensemble numbers, beautiful duets, and incredible solos. The songs are the heart of musicals. There is just something about song that makes you feel for the characters and that makes you care.

The strongest emotions in musicals are joy, love, and excitement. They drive the action of the plot. Think about it: the emotions you feel belong to characters and if that is the case, then what are your own? That basically is saying you also have a feeling about the songs, characters, and plots. Whenever I connect to a musical, I care about the characters and want to feel their emotions. The strongest musicals tend to have both joy and sad in their scores. I know I said joy, love, and excitement are the strongest emotions, but that does not mean sad and heartbreak are less important. If you think about it, love directly links to heartbreak, sad, anger, and loneliness. There is a wonderful beauty in sad and heartbreak, which is part of why those two emotions have joy in them. There are actually heartbreaking songs where the character is feeling some kind of happiness. There also are happy songs that have sad in them.

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Musicals of 2015/2016

When I look back, I cannot believe I saw six musicals in the period of two years. It is hard to believe how much musical capability they managed to show. Listed below are the musicals I saw.

  1. Les Mis
  2. Wicked
  3. Sound of Music
  4. Newsies
  5. Pippin
  6. Music Man

I love every single one of these musicals. Together they have comedy and tragedy, mind-blowing dance and spectacle, memorable characters and plots, and varied emotional natures.They show a different nature of the emotional world. The only emotions that all six have in common in the score is joy, love, and excitement. But in “Newsies”, “Sound of Music”, “Wicked”, and “Les Mis”, I can add sad in the songs.