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July 29, 2009

Session 5 | Day 11

Well, here we go. It's Wednesday and I am so excited to be writing the blog! Just in advance I would like to apologize for my writing...I am verrrrrrry tired, but I will do my best to account for everything that happened this wonderful day that the Lord has made! The day started early (as usual). The guys went on a "Manly Man" hike up Red Mountain and ate donuts once they reached the top. It is reported that the most donuts consumed by a single guy was 8. The girls meanwhile sat by the pool eating fruit and talked "girl-talk." The lazy ones (and those who conveniently forgot to set their alarms) slept in for a few more minutes than the rest. But honestly I don't blame them. I, and I believe I speak for us all, can use as much sleep as can possible fit in.
This morning we had the amazing privilege of having Dr. Del Tackett speak to us about our nation's founding and how the founding fathers were in fact Christian and built this great country upon a Biblical worldview. Later on Dr. Jeff Myers spoke to us on the topic of leadership. He said each and every one of us are called to be leaders in some way or another. His lecture was complete of course with hysterical stories of his Safari adventure and his swim with whale sharks. We students also gleaned helpful insights from his talk, such as: always stay away from brown monkeys...cause they bite.
We had free time this afternoon. Some played paintball, some went to town, and some just hung out reading, playing cards, talking, sleeping, singing, and playing guitars. Next was my favorite part of the entire day...praise and worship time! I find it so amazing and awe-inspiring to stand in the midst of 200 people singing their hearts out to the Lord with eyes closed and hands lifted high. Really cool. Tonight Dr. Noebel concluded his on-going lecture, "Worldviews in Collision."
Small groups were next and we had PIZZA!!! To end the night the staff held an auction to raise finds for the people in the Sudan. The staff auctioned off such things as bedtime stories, mommy for a day, smoothies, a Starbucks run, free room vacuuming, and of course having the chance to work night-watch!
Now as I write this, everyone is off to bed, exhausted from another day at Summit. And let me be honest and say I wish this day didn't have to end because that means it's almost tomorrow, which means it's almost Saturday, which is when we all have to go home. Sadness.
Let me just take this time, though, to try and express how much Summit has meant to me this summer. And as I think about the past two weeks, several things come to mind: the life-lessons I have learned, the friends I have made...the list could go on and on and indeed it does. I can honestly say the past two weeks have been some of the best in my life and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to come. In the words of Dr. Jeff Meyer's, "Summit is like drinking from a fire hydrant"...that is for sure. Everyday us students sit through hours of lectures, and though each one of them are interesting and thought-provoking, one cannot help but to become completely overwhelmed at the end of the day. At the moment, my brain feels like it's about to explode and I am wholly exhausted in every way, but at the same time I don't want to go back home to real life where there's school and work. I like it's kinda like a glorified boarding school, with much better food of course. ☺
I have been blessed by each and every one of the speakers and staff members here and I would like to take a moment and thank them for what they do...thank you! Although short in the grand scheme of life, these two weeks with stay with me for my whole life. It is here that I met 186 new friends, climbed a mountain, learned how to successfully debate abortion, and most importantly I learned how to defend my faith and to look at the world through a Christian worldview. We are the light of the world, and it is here at Summit that we learn how to be just that. A light.

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