Easter Eggs & Jesus

Isn’t it funny how Easter has become a holiday associated with eggs and chickens?  In case you have been completely overtaken by these fluffy yellow animals let me remind you what Easter actually means.  Easter is a celebration of Jesus.  Jesus died on Friday and rose on Sunday.  The reason for this was that we as humans would have the opportunity to fall in love with Jesus and learn from him and worship him as our savior.  In case you don’t know, I love Jesus.  I love everything about him and if I were to loose everything that I held close to (I’m being tested now due to the lack of my iPhone and computer) I would still love him.  There have been many people in my life that I have found out that I have influence through my faith of loving God and that makes me excited for what’s to come in the future.

So there you have it, Easter is about Jesus. 

There is however one more thing I would like to mention.

I grew up in a church, I loved the people, the message and the heart of what was going on.  Even though I loved all those things there were still times where I didn’t want to go to church or even be a part of a youth group or a service.  Honestly, sometimes I got really bored because sometimes it seems like the same thing.  The routine was typically going to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night.  On top of that there were several volunteer events that you could participate in and then there was always the option of being on the worship team or the prayer team or whatever team you wanted to be on.   Doesn’t that structure seem odd?  Was it an obligation that I made for myself?  Does God really judge our relationship with him based on a building and whether or not we go to it weekly?  Can our passion for God be determined by this building?  If so, that’s a pretty big statement.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy going to church but it seems that there is this formula that I need to break free from.  I don’t want the opening songs to be exactly 25 minutes and the message to be exactly 39 minutes (long enough to set your “guilt” aside for not going for so long and short enough to see the kick off) because God is more than that.  God is full of this crazy love for us and we just put God in this box that we can control. 

It’s always funny to me how people who don’t go to church at all, typically go to church on Christmas and Today (Easter).  Today, I will be joining the the Easter crowd and I expect that no matter which church or how long the message is or the music, God will find me there if I am willing to meet him.  But you know what’s cool about that statement I just made…That doesn’t happen just in a building.  Did you read that?  It doesn’t just happen in a building, God wants us to come to him in any situation.  He is there for us in all sorts of different enviornments, lifestyles and yes, even other religions besides Christianity.  God is not limited to anything and yet we all limit God is some way.

If there is one thing that you take away from this blog, it is this.

Easter is about Jesus.

-Nathanael Sams

I’m kind of a big deal. (Apr. 8, 2011)

I always thought about how cool it would be to be a professional basketball player.  With that thought in mind, I regret to tell you that I spent 8 years in YMCA basketball…I finally gave up my freshman year…I think that was one year too late because, well, I was terrible.  I spent many hours in my driveway practicing my dribbling and shooting.  There was one issue with this…my driveway was slanted, so as you can imagine my shoot drifted slightly to the left…all the time.  Even now, when I’m playing horse with friends I have to adjust to this terrible habit. 

So, instead of going to the NBA physically, through an amazing feat in the world of technology, I am able to become any player in the NBA that I want to be.  I can shoot beautiful three point shots with Brandon Roy or Ray Allen.  I can even play as the legend Michael Jordan and out score every player in the current NBA.  This is an amazing thing…mainly because I now play in the NBA and I love it.  I don’t make money though even though I should probably be making at least 5 million…if not more.

Well, before I go to work with some NBA 2k11 I think I’ll watch “Arrested Development”…what? you don’t know what that is!?!?!?!  Well, check out the video I posted above this one and see what the best show on television was in 2005.  Enjoy.

Thanks for reading,

-Nathanael

I might have accidently on purpose posted all these at the same time. (Apr. 7, 2011))

Below this page are a lot of other blogs I’ve written in the past few months.  Most of them I wrote in the comfort of my own chair, bed, hammock and office.  I finally put all these blogs where they belong…on my site.  I didn’t have any of these up here until today which is why you see the date next to every title. 

I hope you enjoy the several blogs that I’ve written.  I would probably say that my favorite is the one called “I always wish I could run in slow motion.”  Go check that one out, I think you will like it. 

Sincerely,

Nathanael

Somethin’ Clever. (Apr. 7, 2011)

Now that I have your attention with my crafty headline, I regret to tell you that I don’t actually have something clever to say…unless you think this is clever “http://www.somethingclever.com/”  Which honestly, it’s not that clever. 

On another note, Life has been pretty awesome lately.  I remain optimistic towards the world even though there is overwhelming evidence that I shouldn’t be.  I still have hope for humanity and hope that there are people in the world doing some good and hopefully claiming truthfully that I am one of those people. 

Here in Oregon there are some certaintys that each of us must live with.   The one I would like to reflect on is that of RAIN.  We must all embrace the rain at least 7 months a year if not more!  Tha’s a lot of rain and quite honestly, you get kinda tired of it.  Here I am sitting in my cubical, wearing two jacks and I’m still cold.  I’m ready for the sun to arrive and shine upon my face as if I was an egg in a frying pan…well, I tried to put something clever but it just didn’t work out. 

People always ask me, what did you want to be when you grow up?  I can’t but tell them the truth which is a hilarious truth.  I wanted to work at a movie theater so I could watch all the movies I wanted to.  Here is the crazy thing about that…I ended up working at a movie theater!  I worked there for two years and it was amazing.  I had so much free popcorn that I didn’t know what to do with myself, I watched nearly every movie that came into the theater and I set a theater record for seeing the most movies in one month.  I saw 25 movies in one month, mind you, that includes free popcorn and drink.  It was amazing.  So, all this to arrive to my conclusion.  I am very luck to have already achieved my childhood dream.

Well, I shall leave you wanting more by stopping my writing now, however, above this post you should see a video…if you don’t then I made a mistake and you could just go visit http://www.youtube.com/wearegradient  and that will get you to the right place.  Thanks for dropping in and taking some time to read what I wrote for YOU!

Sincerely,

        Nathanael Sams

I always wanted to run in slow motion. (Mar. 18, 2011))

Dear Reader,

Remember the movie “The Rookie” about the kid who becomes the pitcher for the chicago cubs…I always wanted to be that kid.  I always wanted to shine on the mound like him.  There was just one problem, I wasn’t able to run dramatically in slow motion like him, I had never played baseball, I didn’t know anything about baseball and again….I couldn’t run in slow motion.  It’s funny, when I was a kid, I remember thinking that slow motion was something that was doable in the real world.  Now looking back as an adult and a recent recipient of a AAS degree in Video Production, I believe that this reality exists but in a different view.  I could go film myself and be in slow motion, or I could tribute “Scrubs” and run in slow motion in the real world.  Regardless of ways that I could run in slow motion, I think that it’s better that we don’t and here is why.

I’d like to point out that sometimes things aren’t as great as they seem.  Why do I know this?  It all comes down to my experience as a child and watching “The Magic School Bus”.  One episode in particular, The one where the class is in a book and there is no friction.  In theory, having no friction would be awesome, however when it is played out, Having no friction leads to disaster!  So, if I were to be involved in a world that could only run in slow motion, I think that I would 1. Be annoyed, 2. Be slow and 3. have more time to get my homework in however I would be lacking the speed to do my homework at the last minute. 

So I guess in the end, What I’m expecting you to gain from this is, I always wished I could run in slow motion, but with the help of Mrs. Frizzle and the class of wacky students, I’m glad I can’t.

-Sincerely,

Nathanael Sams

Life, without an iPhone. (Feb. 18, 2011)

Hello my readers, I am very sorry that over the past few weeks I have been avoiding you.  I have had a LOT of things going on.

SONG:

This past week my company Gradient Productions partnered with Silk Espresso and put an original song on iTunes.  You can find it by searing “Nathanael Sams” or “By My Side Nathanael Sams”.  The song is called “By My Side” and all the money raised from the song will be going to a charity called “My Father’s House”.  It’s a place where homeless families can go and get back up on their feet.  The video promoting the charity is below this post. Check it out.

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering about the title of my blog.  Well, about 4 weeks ago this coming tuesday, my iPhone was stolen here on campus.  now, theft is not normally an issue here on campus, in fact it’s very rare.  It may have been possible that I left my phone somewhere and someone took it.  I’m not really sure.  The point of this is to fill you in on how life functions without an iPhone.  I no longer can check my e-mail at any given time of the day, I can’t listen to music when I want to, I can’t use my phone as a tool of procrastination or as a cure to bordom.  Life is way more difficult without that mini computer and that’s ok, because I think that I will get another one soon.  Now, ATT has been very unhelpful and is wanting me to litterally pay $500 to “upgrade” to buy another one.  That’s pretty stuipid to me.  Overall, i think I became to dependent on my phone and I’m glad it happened but for now I’ll keep using my GoPhone because that’s all I could afford.

Just a last thought though.  The white Iphone might be coming out this march and I might try to go for that one.  i think I would like that a lot actually.

Again, Go watch the video below and let me know what you think.  Also if you are interested in buying the song, just search Nathanael sams in either amazon.com or iTunes.  Let me know if you have any issues.  Thanks for reading.

P.S. I’m still having trouble coming up with a catch phrase for my blog.  What do you think it should be? 

-Nathanael Sams

The weekend of a lifetime. (Jan. 22, 2011)

In short.  I’m going to a wedding reception, I’m excited to see some old friends.  I’m going to Seattle for the weekend, going to visit my girlfriends old friend and see her play. Also while in Seattle, I will be touring the campus of the AIS (Art Institute of Seattle).  I’ll be looking at their audio program which I’m excited about and hope that I don’t get let down like a lot of other schools that I’ve visited.  

I’m still very happy to be on the S.O.A.R. team and am enjoying my new jacket from them.  I got a large which is good, however there isn’t enough room under it for layers, however I have a wonderful coat that will fit over it nicely.  

I’m writing to you so that you know that I have not forgotten about you.

-Nathanael

Well, I had promised you something on Friday and I did not deliver.  So, in exchange I will let you enjoy this video provided by Gradient Productions.  Check them out at youtube.com/wearegradient or follow them on Facebook.com/wearegradient or on twitter @wearegradient

Enjoy.