December 28, 1995 – Thursday – 12:36 a.m.

It’s early Thursday morning.  Today was really fun.

Mike and I went to Asheboro.  We saw Jumanji.  It was so good.  Just what I needed.  We also did some shopping.  I spent over $100 today.  I bought the movie Big, a shirt, some pants, a tie, and well, I know this sounds crazy, but I bought a hat, a fedora, just like the one Indiana Jones wears.

I guess watching all those old shows the other day had an affect on me.

Mike and I also went to some thrift bakery and bought $20 of sweets for three bucks.  It was great.

Church was also good.  It seemed like the days of long ago.  Some people might be gone, but God doesn’t change.  I realized tonight while praising the Lord that the power of Abundant Life is still there.  That church has taught me so much, introduced me to so many people, and taken me so many places.

Thank you Father.

After church, Mike and Marcus came over and we played monopoly.  I won, but it took a long time.

Truthfully, I’m actually glad I’m here.  It makes me appreciate Banner Elk so much more and at the same time it reminds me of how much I love this place.

The Lord is amazing.  You just have to trust him.  You just have to love him.

Be good.

It’s that simple.

September 8, 1993 – Wednesday – 4:35 p.m.

Marcus’s brother told me today that in Greensboro a seven-year-old boy went into a public bathroom while his mom waited outside.  Some men in the bathroom attacked the little boy and cut off his penis and flushed it down the toilet.  The boy bled to death and died.

Did you hear what I just said?  I don’t understand.  What is out there in the world?  My parents have shielded me from the world for so long.  Christians are there in the world, but the wicked are out there too.  One day I must leave my home and go out into the world.

What an insane idea.  Who out there will love me?

But I must go; my destiny and my fate pull me there like a magnet.  The world is dark and terribly wild.  There are people out there who would kill a little child.

I miss the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.  I’m not sure why it isn’t on any more.  It always made me think about what is out there in the world.  I’ve experienced so little.  Months ago, when I stood on top of Pilot Mountain, I saw so much and I saw so far, but I still saw so little.

I used to live in Germany as a kid, but I hardly remember anything about it.  This world is so large, and I wish to see it all.  There is so much out there.

So many souls.

So many lives.

So many stories.

We must discover the world for ourself.