Yesterday we traveled to main campus in Knoxville for my interview with the graduate committee - part of the application process. Was I nervous? Yeah. I know first impressions are important and tried to prepare for the array of questions that could come my way. In doing all of this, I wanted to keep a few things in mind. I try my best to be a genuine person, like a "What you see is what you get" thing. I don't need to pretend to know more than I do. I work hard at things and am excited about learning opportunities, especially when related to cattle production. And most importantly, things will turn out like they're supposed to. If I work hard and give it my all, God will meet me half way, and it'll go according to His plan.
Back at the house, after a long day on the road, and a million things going through my mind, I ran across an interesting blog post from Kevin Weatherby. He tells of a young cowboy who joined the crew, learned everything from his elders, and wound up marrying the rancher's daughter. As a kid, he looked up to the old cowboys, admired them for their advice, and worked hard to be a part of the team. When he married the rancher's daughter, he eventually turned into the boss, got the big head, and decided his way was best.
As I pursue my passion, aspire for great things, and work hard to learn more, I need to remember my roots. No matter how good or bad things turn out, I need to keep my head up and never stop serving. I need to keep in mind the lessons from James: patience, serving others, faith, hard work, and again, faith and patience.
No matter where I go, what I do, or who I become...
11) The greatest among you will be your servant. 12) For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23