Week 1

Calvin depicting Week 1 of Galvanize flying by

As I sit down to reflect and write down some of my week 1 experiences at Galvanize, I’m surprised and a little embarrassed to admit that it’s currently already Tuesday morning of week 2. So there’s a reflection for you. The time is flying, and I know that during this crazy time, whatever I don’t prioritize will easily fall by the wayside.

That’s why I want to be really intentional with everything I do in these 6 months. I want to surprise Katherine with a fun date night one night this week, and I know that in order for that to happen I need to block out an evening and just do it.

Anyway, back to week 1 reflection. It was so fun meeting everybody on Day 1 and starting to try to get to know each other even on a really basic level. God has blessed me with a cohort of gentle, smart, and kind people. There are 8 of us, and we are different in a lot of ways, but also largely similar. I can’t say for sure, but I would venture a guess that I am the only one of the 8 in my cohort that is attempting to walk closely with Jesus. This hasn’t been made abundantly clear to me by any means, but I just think it is the truth. That just means that I need to be bold and open to what God has for us in this season. I would love to be able to write at the end of this journey that God has moved through me and all of my classmates and instructors are believers. I know you can do it, Lord, and I want to help. Show me how to step out in bold obedience!

I have begun to pray for my classmates by name, and I am excited to get to know them and realize what I can specifically start praying for. So far I have been too shy to ask directly how I can be praying for any of them individually, but I am hoping to grow in that as the program continues.

There have been a couple good conversations outside of school topics, but for the most part all my classmates and I have discussed is the actual material we are learning in class. I want to break out of that pattern. Lunch time is the perfect time to do that. So far I have mostly been by myself during lunch, but I pray that God will make me bold to join or create groups and foster conversation that is important!

As for the actual school material, it is difficfult and moving at a fast pace, but our instructors are really skilled and seem to know already when they need to slow down or speed up or adjust lesson planning on the fly. For that I am extremely grateful to the Lord. I am excited about what he is doing at Galvanize, and I pray that He would move in me to witness to my classmates! Lord, make me bold.