I feel so blessed. I've always wanted to be surrounded by a group of believers in community, which is what I've found at my church, Stonebridge. Stonebridge is a small church located on the Marietta square, and seats about 150 people for two services. I like the size of it, makes it homey. I love our pastor David Eldridge, because he has very dry, sarcastic humor (my favorite kind) and he tells personal stories which makes me feel we're on the same page. A lot of the members know Matt from the church he grew up at, First United Methodist in Marietta, and have welcomed me so much as a somewhat "newbie."

For awhile I have been a little bitter about my career situation. I was waiting for a really great job opportunity to come through, and because of that, I decided not to go to Hawaii to be a YWAM mission builder. I had been wanting to do this for awhile, simply because I wanted an adventure, and haven't really done a ton of long term traveling (or any). I figured now would be the best time to do it, without being married or having a job at the time, and having money saved up. However, this great but potential job opportunity came up, so I said "no" to my adventure. Now you can see why I became bitter, as the job "opportunity" never turned into one.

However, I am trying to focus on the positives. If I had gone to Hawaii, I wouldn't be going on this mission trip to Costa Rica with Stonebridge, then I wouldn't have met the awesome people who are going. I wouldn't have been asked to join their soccer team either, something I've been missing for the last three years. I also really enjoy the people I work with at my current job, Motion Reality. So for now, that's what I'm holding on to.

Has there ever been something that disappointed you at the time, but worked out for the best eventually?

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