Working For The Weekend

Working For The Weekend

workWe’ve all had those seasons in life where we really could care less about our work or school. For my friends about to graduate, senioritis has kicked in and all you can see is the open road to freedom. For all us post-grads, we are working for the weekend or 5:00 pm. I know too well how easy it is to check out, to coast through responsibilities and projects. Eye on the prize. But we really do miss a lot by not giving our all to the moment at hand. God has given us each life stage, each season, for a reason. These times are opportunities for personal growth and God promises that they are for our ultimate good (Jeremiah 29:11; James 1:2-4). Whatever we do, we are called to work diligently with all our heart, as if working for the Lord and not for man so that our actions can be a testimony for Christ (Colossians 3:23). The world is desperate for Christian accountants, Christian copywriters, Christian grocery store clerks, and Christian college students. Be present where God have placed you.

But work and school aren’t everything.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (John 6:27)

It is when work and school start to consume our thoughts and define our worth that we’ve lost sight of their true purpose. God calls us to live in the world but to not be of the world.  So yes, the purpose of work and school in ‘the world’ is to provide income and stability. But in the eternal world, these are just mediums for spiritual growth, whether it is our own or the growth of others through our interaction with them:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

When our work is hard, we are called to endure:

“We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it.” (1 Corinthians 4:12)

We are even called to work in general!:

“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues vain things lacks sense.” (Proverbs 12:11)

“Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. ” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-9)

And everything we do, be it filing, that research project, or your business trip, should be done for Christ:

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

so whether you are in a job you love, a job you hate, or your still waiting for graduation, think of your work as an opportunity. Who knows what God will make of it?

Dorm Room Tiramisu Pie

Dorm Room Tiramisu Pie

I like to bake and I like to cook which are two things you can’t really do while living in a dorm. I lived in on-campus housing for the entirety of my college career so I learned to get creative. Tiramisu is delicious but it’s also a pain-staking process that takes hours and hours to prepare. Many restaurants make their tiramisu a day in advance. It can also be very expensive depending on what ingredients you use. Time and money are difficult things for college students to procure. And if you don’t even have a kitchen, you’re screwed. So I have devised a cheap, dorm-friendly, and relatively quick version of this yummy dessert. Once again, I’m posting two versions, a normal one and a healthy one:

PREP TIME: 15 min  (plus 3 hours refrigerating)

MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients:

1 package of Jell-O Instant Pudding (either vanilla or cheesecake flavor)
1 pre-made shortcake pie crust
1 1/2 cups of cold milk
2 cups Nilla Wafers
1 container of thawed CoolWhip (the tub not the can)
1 box Nescafe Clasico Instant Coffee Sticks (or any other brand)
2 tablespoons Nesquik (or other powdered chocolate drink)

Directions:

Beat  dry pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk for  2 min. Let sit for 2 minutes. Once firm, stir in 1/2 the tub of  Cool Whip. Pour in 2-3 coffee packets. You can add more or less depending on how strong you want the coffee flavor to be. Put to the side.

Now for the crust, I like to make a glass of the instant coffee (just mix it with water) and lightly drizzle some on the crust. The original tiramisu recipe calls for ladyfingers soaked in french-pressed coffee or expresso. Due to the liquid nature of this pie, you don’t want anymore liquid than necessary but a little sprinkle won’t hurt.

Next, take your pudding mixture and pour into the pie crust. Take your Nilla Wafers and cover the top of the pie with them until it is covered. The Nilla Wafers will become soft and soak up some of the pudding and whipped cream = faux lady fingers (you can even dunk the Nilla Wafers in the instant coffee you prepared earlier for more flavor). Spread the remainder of the Cool Whip on top. Garnish the whipped cream topping with Nesquik to finish it off and add more Nilla Wafers if you like. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Low Sugar/Low Fat Version:

1 package of sugar-free/fat-free Jell-O Instant Pudding (either vanilla or cheesecake flavor)
1 pre-made shortcake pie crust (some stores will have a low-fat version but it’s rare)
1 1/2 cups of cold fat-free milk
2 cups low-fat Nilla Wafers
1 container of thawed CoolWhip LITE
1 box Nescafe Clasico Instant Coffee Sticks (or any other brand)
2 tablespoons Nesquick (or other powdered chocolate drink)

Dear World,

Dear World,

Dear World,

It’s been a little over a month since we’ve met. Can you believe I’ve only known the “real” you for a month? I feel like we’re getting so close. I’ve already learned so much about you! I’ve learned to decipher your exotic language, learning a whole new vocabulary. Words like Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance and Deductible. And let me tell ya, I’ve had to translate a bunch of abbreviations: PPO, PTO, HR, OM…

You’ve also been oh so generous with your letters, World. What could be better than a bill or two to remind us of the fact that we’re in this together? It’s quite thoughtful of you.

And who needs a student discount? I get such a thrill paying the premium for movie tickets, museum exhibits, and public transportation. And the best part? I’m still paying off my tuition which means I get the best of both worlds: student AND adult! I’m like a liger (or a wolphin…)!

Oh and I love the fact I’m no longer an RA. When people are super loud and annoying and causing me to lose sleep, I don’t have the authority to tell them to ‘shut up’. Who needs 6 hours of sleep, anyway?

Hopefully you read through my witty subtext, World, and have realized how stressful you can be. But, don’t worry, you’re not all that bad, just a little rough around the edges. I am, however, enjoying the fact I can do whatever I want without the cloud of homework and midterms hovering over my head, getting to decided exactly how I want to spend my time. I even have time to read for FUN and not for a grade. You should see my long (and growing) ‘To Read’ list!

I actually have access to a kitchen. A real kitchen! And though many of my peers have had this luxury for a while now, this is honestly a real treat. For a lover of food, baking, and cooking, it has been a joy to be able to prepare my meals instead of relying on the unpredictable menu of the Umphrey Lee cafeteria. Cooking has become a stress reliever, a therapeutic activity, and a way to bring happiness to my co-workers (earning me major brownie points… pun INTENDED).

The best part of all, is the fact that you’re beginning to take me seriously for the first time in my life. No more congratulatory pats on the head for being in college or pinched cheeks for making the grade. You’re starting to see me for what I can bring to the table. And let me tell ya’, I am bringing a lot. I am no longer in life’s limbo, in between child and adult. I have arrived. So watch out World, this is going to be the start of a beautiful relationship.

Ali