“Being a recognizable face is a weird feeling for me. Every time I go to an SDA event now, people recognize me from what we’ve been doing here. Listening to people tell their stories like this has been an honour, an education I never could have seen happening in my life. I guess one of my biggest struggles now is facing things I judged other public figures for. I reached out to someone for an interview recently, introduced myself to them, and got a response saying we had already met in person. That was a tough realization. One beef I had with some of these pastors and speakers was that I could meet them over and over and they would never remember my name. They’d talk about valuing individual people, but when I would actually meet them they didn’t make me feel valued at all. I fear doing the same to the people I’m meeting now.
There’s a lot more going on with Humans of Adventism than just posting things on Facebook. I always want it to be more meaningful than that. I want to push further and explore perspectives we haven’t had access to so far- and I want to take this content to people who aren’t on Facebook or Instagram. It’s a whole world of ideation, planning, and connection living almost entirely in my cell phone right now. It’s hard to wrap my mind around.
My friend Justin gave me a piece of advice a few weeks ago that really stuck with me. He said, ‘There always comes a point when something is growing that other people start seeing value and potential that you don’t. This is that time for you.’ I think he’s right. I think that what, to me, looks like writing out posts on a phone may look to many others like something much larger than I can really recognize. That’s exciting. It’s also sort of terrifying. But regardless of how I feel about it, it’s undeniable that God has led me here. I guess that’s all I really need to know for sure.”