After a journey of over two years, yesterday I turned in my final assignment for my Master's program. I honestly don't know what to do with myself now. The last two years and then some have been as difficult and time consuming as I imagined it would be, but they've also been amazing. I've learned so many things, and hopefully positioned myself better for future career and service opportunities. Folks have encouraged me to take some time and take a break for a bit. And maybe I'll do that. Then again, I might not, lol. In the meantime, I'm off next week to walk in my Commencement and make sure I get that darn degree in my hot little hand.
This week I've been thinking a lot about the great Latter-day Saint hymn, Hope Of Israel. I'd heard it again one night while I was listening to a talk on YouTube, and it's stuck with me most of the week. It's a very dramatic hymn, a sort of "rallying of the troops" in a gospel context. The last phrase of the chorus tells us to "Vanquish every foe today", and that got me to thinking about what could be foes in today's day and age that I need to overcome. I thought I don't have a lot of people that I would consider as foes, but I definitely have weaknesses and temptations that I should be trying to overcome every day. Foes like impatience, anger, resentment, or anything really that could keep me from being a better disciple of Christ. So as I go about my day, I could perhaps vanquish those foes by not allowing myself to get impatient and irritated, etc. You get the idea. Anyhoo - it's been an interesting thought for me this week, one th