I (123 Statements About Me)
I don’t talk much about myself.
I keep my thoughts to myself a lot.
I have been told that’s not healthy.
I am going to break that trend right now.
I am Ryan Charles Connely.
I am 29 years and 10 months old.
I have been mistaken for a high school student at least 5 times this year.
I am loved by God proven by Jesus Christ and indwelled and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
I am loved by my family.
I love them too.
I am distant from my friends.
I am frustrated most often by this aspect of my life.
I am single.
I am not in despair about this.
I like women.
I want to spend my life with one.
I want to really like the one I do.
I want her to really like me.
I am fascinated by connecting with young people.
I love listening to them.
I love pointing them to Christ.
I strive to make them each feel worthwhile.
I am a graduate of Raytown High School.
I graduated in 1999.
I also graduated from Southwest Baptist University.
I loved living in Maupin Hall during those years.
I miss my friends from this time in my life.
I also graduated from Midwestern Theological Seminary.
I have worked for the Mid-Continent Library, Blockbuster Video, and Color-Mart printing shop.
I worked every college summer at my favorite Christian camp New Life Ranch.
I have not enjoyed working anywhere more.
I have worked as a substitute teacher.
I subbed for elementary, middle, and high school.
I subbed at every school in the Raytown district and Lee Summit Community Christian School.
I liked subbing at LSCCS the best.
I have been a 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Sunday School teacher at FBC Raytown.
I actually miss teaching the junior high classes.
I liked teaching the 7th grade class when Joseph Summers, True Newman, Nic Wilson, Alex King, Thomas Browning, and others were in it best.
I have been a 7th, 8th, and 10th grade small group leader.
I miss these as well.
I have been an Underground volunteer for 6 years.
I miss Halo 2 when it was streamed on at least 6 systems and the volunteers would stay late and play.
I miss Uncle Mike and Fuzzy.
I have been an HG leader.
I liked the year I led with Helmer Jensen best.
I am glad HG groups are no more.
I have been a summer “intern” 5 times.
I don’t know why they’ve even called it an “internship.”
I guess “cheap summer help” just doesn’t sound good.
I have helped lead 1 mission trip to New Orleans and 2 to Houston.
I have been a Know & Go CAMP sponsor for 5 years.
I led recreation for 3 of those.
I helped under 6 youth pastors during my 6 years.
I miss all 5 previous ones at different times.
I miss Ryan the most.
I also miss Nancy’s laugh.
I help with SOS now too.
I think it’s the best thing the student ministry is doing right now.
I am a Title I Reading Paraprofessional at Southwood Elementary School
I am finally really good at it.
I like connecting with the kids the most.
I get frustrated with the curriculum a good deal.
I have worked there for 2 years.
I have worked for 3 principals.
I like my first one the best.
I am almost done with earning my teaching certificate.
I will be able to teach 5th-9th grade social studies classes.
I will start student teaching in January.
I am tired of people thinking I am crazy for wanting to teach middle school.
I like that I am teaching a group of kids who need someone crazy enough to be their teacher.
I like listening and discovering great music.
I like artists from a variety of genres and eras.
I like classic rock and roll artists like Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry
I like soul artists like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and The Four Tops
I like classic rock groups like the Beatles, the Who, Led Zeppelin, and CCR
I like modern rock greats like U2, the Black Crowes, Bon Jovi, and Eric Clapton.
I really enjoy alternative groups like Counting Crows, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam.
I like many Christian artists as well like Chris Tomlin, Jars of Clay, and Third Day.
I like Rich Mullins, Waterdeep, and Caedmon’s Call more than all the rest.
I think professional wrestling is always going to be one of my favorite things.
I love cheering for one of my favorites to win only to get ticked off when the other guy cheats a victory.
I watch RAW every Monday night.
I have been to over 10 live events.
I hope to go to at least one next year.
I like Rey Mysterio and Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat the best of all time.
I will always have a soft spot for my childhood hero, Hulk Hogan.
I currently really like Kofi Kingston.
I think Rocky is the best movie off all time.
I also really like Braveheart, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pursuit of Happyness, The Star Wars trilogy, Amazing Grace, Gladiator and Cinderella Man.
I like reading a lot but I seldom finish a book.
I think C. S. Lewis is my all time favorite author.
I like being out in nature.
I miss campfire side worship. They’re my favorite
I also miss Morning Camp Parties. I think FBC Raytown could use some of them.
I love playing games with friends.
I think I’m the best at Monopoly.
I love Italian food.
I like my mom’s beef stroganoff more than any other dish.
I really like ice cream too.
I like video games a good deal too.
I still think the Legend of Zelda is the best game of all time.
I think the Office is hilarious.
I really like Bizarre Foods as well.
I think the best TV show of all time is the Cosby Show.
I think Marvel has some of the most creative stories.
I think their absolute best stories are the X-Men’s main story and the Silver Surfer’s main story.
I love being an uncle.
I really like the relationship I have with my sister now.
I have two great parents and am proud to be their child.
I have had 3 wonderful grandparents as well; one of which is still going strong.
I love Jesus more than all these things.
I love being adopted by Him as a son.
I long to lift Him up in all things even though its hard sometimes.
I delight in learning from His word.
I wish all my loved ones, all my friends, all my teachers, all my students would know the joy of being His.
I love to write.
I find it very liberating.
I plan on doing more of it soon.
I cannot believe you read this far.
I hope you have a good evening.