It’s great to be back in Branson for this second semester of Link Year. I was glad to see all of my good friends that I got close to during the first half and I’m looking forward to whatever relationships God has in store for me in the second half. It was good to get back in the groove of things with a regular weekly schedule. Wednesday was a blast. We got to embrace our inner manhood by killing, gutting, and cooking a live chicken. It was some of the best chicken I’ve ever had, so I guess it’s true that if you do all of the work in cooking then it tastes a lot sweeter. Today was a really impactful day for me from our speaker this morning, Mr. Harris. He spoke with so much passion and conviction that I was ready to jump out of my chair and act on the very things that he was challenging us to go out and do. I’ll give a quick summary about his talk with us and a few things that stood out to me. He focused on the verses of Acts 20:24, Matthew 6:33, 1 Corinthians 13:11, Romans 10:9-10, and Nehemiah 6. Collectively, those passages covered the topics of trials and tribulation along the Christian path, seeking the kingdom of God first and foremost, confronting the messes in your life, and staying on the wall of doing great works. Ultimately, what all of these had in common was that they formed the essence of what biblical manhood is supposed to look like. The thing that is so crucial about biblical manhood is the fact that it is the meat of the Great Commission and our ability to carry out the most important thing that we will ever be called to do as believers. I was really convicted today to start applying all of the things that I’ve been learning thus far. This really ties in with the fact that I just started the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis because the enemy wants nothing more than to make ineffective and inactive believers who are too scared to get out into the world and make an impact. I’m determined to overcome this challenge and to step onto whatever platform the Lord has set before me to make an impact for His kingdom.