The Last Week

Here I am. The last week of my job at Costco. I've spent the last 7 1/2 years of my life - well, at least 5 days a week - clocking in and helping people. Helping people find a new TV or computer, helping them look at jewelry (one time even interlocking hands with a gal so she could feel how her new fiance's ring would feel :) ), helping people find their lost film, and stocking out my department.

So what's next? Well, I've been an intern at my Church for 3 years now, spending 15 hours a week assisting the youth pastor with the youth group...leading worship, teaching lessons, creating retreat ideas. But as his job has grown, his family too, there aren't enough hours in the week for him to fulfill his responsibilities.

But that's kind of nice, because I've been hired as a part time (25 hours/week) 'Student Ministries Assistant', doing the same things and more with a little bit of money. I know that I'm not making as much as I did at Costco, so it will be a bit of an adjustment for our new budget. I'm sure I'll learn, and I trust that God will provide.

It's both with both sadness and joy that I leave Costco and move on. Those of you who read this can keep me in your prayers that I would work with all my heart at Church.

Thanks, Aaron


My Grandpa's Life Tribute Video

As you've read in my previous post, my Grandpa passed away recently. He was an amazing man who loved God with his life, and loved his wife, family, and neighbors.

My Uncle Dave created an amazing video of his life as a Tribute to my Grandpa. If you would like to watch it and see what his life was about, you can view it on my Uncle's Blog. It is under - Watch My Tribute Video.


Learning from my Grandpa

I returned yesterday from a trip to Sunnyvale, CA. We spent the weekend just being together as a family around the time of my Grandpa's memorial celebration. (A graduation service if you will)

I learned many things this weekend. Some of which I learned from the book, Blue Like Jazz, of which I have a link on the right side of this page...I will write about those later.

One thing though that I learned - finally - from my Grandpa was one of his favorite verses: Colossians 3:23:

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord..."
I think that I have been living a version of this verse. "Whatever you do, work at it with half of your heart, as working for yourself."

When it comes to school, work, church, family, and life, I don't give it my all. I don't do it all for God. Yet He deserves it all. My selfishness gets in the way and I get lazy or rely on my own strength. I'm done with this. I spent time praying on the car ride home that this would end. That the life that I live for myself would be done, and that I would live my life fully for God, in every area.

I know that I'm not alone in this position. I know that I need community to help me through. This is another growth area for me, and one which I'll write about soon.

Thanks for listening.



My Wife!

Okay, So finally I get to post my Wife. She is, after all, a pretty big part of my life. ;) She doesn't like this picture because it was so bright that she had to wear my dorky sunglasses. But she does look great in them. We've been married since May 28th of this year, and it has been the most exiting time of my life! I highly recommend it!

My blog name

It occurs to me that you may wonder why my blog name is "renmusic."

Ren is short for Renny. My sister Annie couldn't say my name when she was little, so she called me Renny. Later, it got shortened to Ren.

Music, because, well, I love music. Playing guitar is one of my favorite things to do. I listen to music just about all the time. On top of that, singing and playing music is one of my favorite ways to worship God.

So, that's my name.

Don't wear it out ;)

My first second lame post this isn't my real first post. I believe that Jon was the only lucky one to see that. This is my second official post, but my first one that many of you will see.

I've got to admit, who would want to come and read what I'm thinking. I know I wouldn' I'm guessing that this site won't get many hits. Oh well. It sure is a cooler way to journal though. I haven't been doing that recently anyway.

So what is this site about? I suppose many things. Maybe my wife, maybe ministry, maybe just my thoughts. Who knows.

I hope you get something out of this, even if that something is that my life is boring. :)

See you soon.