Hey, my name is Jesse. Some of you might be new to my blog, and that’s totally fine because I don’t keep up with it very well. The last two years of my life has been an amazing blur and it’s been hard to write posts during all of it. Just to give you a little background:
In 2012 I moved from Nashville, TN back to my college hometown of Lynchburg, VA to pursue a Master’s in Business as well as play for Liberty’s Campus Band (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oswClU8RVws&list=PLQ45npVgqqoEc_T5Ep01zL-5KWZ_TTLix). It’s been such a humbling opportunity to be able to play music for 10,000+ people 4 times a week. Now, in 2014, I’m about to go to my last Campus Church sound check and play 3 last times with some of the closest friends I’ve ever had. In the midst of all the activity that the end of each semester brings I wanted to pause and reflect on my time here and share some things I’ve learned with you.
God Is Bigger Than I Thought
This is a weird statement, but I will never forget the moment I walked out onto stage in my first Campus Church and saw a crowd that had gathered to experience something supernatural. It floored me. They were not there to see me, the clothes I wore, the bass I played, or anything else… they were there to let God speak to them and I had the privilege to be a small part of the night. God is and has been at center stage in my life ever since. That moment will not leave me and continues to humble me after 2 years doing it week in and week out.
Talent Can Get You To Places, But Character Will Keep You There
I had a professor in my undergrad that used to say this often. Your talent will put you in places and situations that will only be short lived if your character and integrity do not match up. There has been a lot of invisible pressure put on me the last few years. I feel like people are watching me when I go into Starbucks, or when I pump my gas, or when I hang out at the library. It’s partly because I’m a familiar face and they might think I’m in their BIO101 class or something… but it has made me constantly think about how I am behaving. It has forced me to be introspective and see what’s in my heart so that I can know that my gut reaction won’t be to cuss someone out if they cut me off. And the Lord knows that Lynchburg’s road system in itself is enough to make someone want to use naughty words. I appreciate the accountability that it has given me and will continue to be grateful for it when I move on in a few weeks.
Community Is Essential
This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned while here at Liberty. I’m 80% introverted and can be fine for long periods of time without human interaction. I thrive in solitude. BUT there is nothing that compares to having people around you who genuinely care for you and pray for you on a regular basis. The support system I have here is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. My introverted tendencies do not compare to the overwhelming warmth I get from being around people like Bryce Rodgers and Justin Kintzel. (I’m not saying that the other Campus Band members don’t give me warm fuzzies… just figured I’d solo out 2 for now… haha.) God has spoken to me through this community countless times. If you do not have godly community: seek it out. It will change your life.
Lastly, I am so thankful for all of the little interactions I’ve had over the last 2 years. So many of you guys have been so encouraging to me without even knowing me. I appreciate the compliments at jazzman’s and the conversations I’ve had with so many of you randomly walking around campus and throughout the town of Lynchburg.
It has been such a blessing getting to serve on Campus Band. My life is changed because of it. Thanks for reading.