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Where were you ten years ago?

Posted by Luther D. Powell on July 19, 2012

My birthday is in a few days, and I’m going to reflect a little on my life ten years ago. People always ask, “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” and you always want to hope and have ambitions for yourself. For once, I can look way back when and think, Wow, God has taken me pretty far.

Ten years ago, I only had two classes during the school day. My class would switch between two teaches; one who taught English and ‘Social Studies’ (which I don’t remember being all that social), the other who taught Math and Science. MAN I miss the simplicity of those subjects. No Biology, no Chemistry, just SCIENCE. No Trigonometry, no Algebra, no Geometry, just MATH.

Ten years ago, nobody gave a rip about whether or not I had a job. I might have been babysitting by then, but I think I started babysitting in Junior High. Either way, I sure wasn’t trying to save money for anything!

Ten years ago, I got in the habit of drawing pictures, just to draw pictures. Up until then, I would literally draw out entire stories, picture by picture, using an entire sheet to draw a single frame of a plot. My first three drawings that had nothing to do with stories: a dragon, a werewolf, and a family of Tyrannosauruses.

Ten years ago, I decided I wanted to start writing stories instead of drawing them. The first full-length story I attempted to write was heavily-inspired by the Lord of the Rings, which was newly adapted to film. I shelved that story in high school after discovering how much I loved horror.

Ten years ago, I liked a girl. Back then, I had no other idea how to talk to the opposite sex than to speak my mind, be honest, tell her how I felt. Didn’t go so well. I once saw a boy buy her a Fruit Roll Up snack during lunch, and she was so happy she broke it up and shared it with her friends. I, being Captain Studmuscles, decided to buy her a Fruit Roll Up also, on a different day. Leaving it wrapped up, she threw it at me from across the table while her friends were putting their trays away, the disgusted look in her eyes melting my little 5th grade heart. When the bell rang, holding back tears, I passed one of my friends and casually dropped the Fruit Roll Up onto his tray.

Ten years ago, Big Wolf on Campus was the greatest TV show of all time. Look it up.

Ten years ago, I couldn’t shoot a basket in gym class if my life depended on it. But man, could I play Dodgeball.

Ten years ago, a bully on the school bus tried to break my fingers, so I bit his arm open. He never bothered me again, and I was sent to the counselor, who gave me every reason to feel like a disgrace to humanity for not getting the bus driver’s attention instead.

Ten years ago, I began questioning why I went to church, why I sang songs to this guy Jesus, why I ate little wafers and drank the grape juice. It didn’t take ten years for God to answer those questions for me.

Ten years ago, Creed was the first rock band I listened to. Between then and now, I’ve gotten into heavier and heavier music. My CD collection went from Creed, Linkin Park and Evanescence, to Demon Hunter, Impending Doom and Mortification. Those last three are Christian bands, by the way…

Ten years ago, I started drumming.

Ten years ago, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to college. HA!

I have now sold seventeen + drawings. I’ve been in two rock bands, as well as a handful of church worship bands. I’ve had two short stories published. I’ve had a whole lotta cats, now down to one. I’ve had two girlfriends (not at the same time, obviously), both of whom are still on good terms with me. I’ve read a lot of good books, made a lot of awesome friends, got my drivers license on the first test attempt. Storms keep knocking down trees, but my house still stands. Coming up on my fourth year of college. Still have a job in food service. My bro Nick is still my bro (we met in Kindergarten, by the way).

So tell me, where has God brought you in ten years? Whether or not you believe it’s God who brought you there, you should pick out the good things, even the little good things. All those little things aided in making you who you are today, and there are more little good things yet, to make you who you’ll be in another ten years.

I had no idea how I was going to end this blog, so here’s a goofy picture of myself and my best friend. Cheers, happy summer, Batman, God bless!

In Christ,

Luther D. Powell

3 Responses to “Where were you ten years ago?”

  1. Mom said

    Big Wolf on Campus was never the best TV show and still isn’t. How come I never heard about you biting someone on the bus? Ten years ago you asked me if I was ever going to make you leave home because you wanted to stay here, and I told you the day would come when you would want to leave. Has it come yet?

  2. Ah, Mom–I adore moms who read their kid’s blogs. Bless you.
    I remember when my little brother sighed to our mom, “I’m going to live with you forever!” and the look of horror that briefly crossed her face.
    Of course, as a mom, I remember the day when our kids really did leave home…and the brief feeling of horror…
    and it’s been almost five years and we’re still alive.

  3. Ten years ago I would never have imagined that I wold be living in the UK again. How did I get here? Especially as I am dying to get back to my beautiful island paradise, Jamaica. But God had a plan and He has shown and down a lot with me and through me i the time. In fact the greatest thing is probably setting me up on my writing jaunt. This is an occupation that I can take back there with me and use for myself and help others. It’s just exciting to look back and see where how far along we’ve come using God’s journey plan.
    Good blog..

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