The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Seasons come and go in our lives, some seasons longer than others and some shorter. Our roles change during certain times of our lives, five years ago I was just a friend, a brother, a son, two years ago I became a husband, and not even a year ago I held my daughter for the first time.
I am writing this because my season at Pulse Multi-Media is coming to an end and my family and I are moving into a new season…a season of life that we don’t know completely what it will be like, but one that we know our God will lead us through. Emily, Riley, and I will be moving to Northeast Arkansas where I will serve as a pastor at Success First Baptist Church. I wanted to take the time to say thank you to those that it is deserving, but also make some observations about the community that we live in and I have had the privilege of serving. This is by no means an exhaustive list of observations, but rather key ideas that have stood out to me.
First, we live in a unique place that should be cherished. Yes, I am young, but I have travelled all over the United States and I have lived in China, and Mena still holds a special place in my heart. What I have learned about life is that it is easy to take for granted the blessings that are right in front of you until you no longer have them. Mena is a special place, don’t take it for granted.
Secondly, there are truly wonderful people in Polk County that are making a difference in the world. Some of these people receive recognition, but many will go most of their lives anonymous. Regardless, they are making a difference.
Finally, in a world of selfies and trends that only matter if they are on Twitter or Facebook, Mena feels like a community. Things are becoming more and more individualized, but I still feel that Mena is the picture of community. Being that I am a long time Mena resident, I have seen Mena come together in the good and the bad and I would encourage you to continue in this tradition.
As noted earlier, there are people that I need to say thank you to and it would be unfair for me not to acknowledge my Pulse-Multi Media friends and those in the community I have had the privilege to serve. To Curt, Debbie, Melanie, Mark, Ilana, Emmye, Bevona, and LeAnn; thank you for making my time at the Pulse so enjoyable. So many people go to work each day and will never have the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. I have enjoyed the many laughs and the friendship, thanks for making the Pulse such a great place to work!
To my customers that I have served; thank you for allowing me to be a small part of what you are doing in the community. It has been a privilege serving you and I have learned so much from my interactions with you.
Finally, I need to acknowledge LeAnn Dilbeck. While I know that she would do everything possible to avoid this attention, I have to thank her for giving me an opportunity to work somewhere that my love for writing could be used. I would also like to thank LeAnn for her willingness to serve the community in such a humble way and to use the platform she has been given for God’s glory.
I have been greatly blessed, I hope that this farewell would only serve to point your eyes to your blessings and teach us to number our days.
May Jesus Be Big,