My name is Sean Fisher and I am a sophomore, video production major at Ohio University. Growing up, I was always worried with who I wanted to be. It started out simple: a sweet tart, a trumpet, a horse’s rear. Yes, you read that last one correctly. Oh the things you want to be when you’re five. It changed often though. At 12, I was determined to be either a famous actor or soccer player. At 15, I wanted to be like Jacques Cousteau. Now I did not know who he was, but I knew he was an explorer of the sea. I was really into animals and wanted to explore the earth for new creatures. It took me a while to really appreciate the man though. On Cousteau’swikipedia page it says the following: “He was a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the aqua-lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Academie francaise.” Epic, ain’t it? At 17, I discovered a tv program at my school and wanted to be a filmmaker or editor ever since. ESPN was the destination of choice and my major and activities in college were leading me there. I was on the path I wanted and all I had to do was keep up the pace with the shows I was doing at OU and then senior year I would be director of the shows I wanted to direct and be one of the go-to-guys at WOUB (Athens’ PBS station). In a sense, I can still follow that path. However, I’ve slowly found a new path that is more important and far more rewarding than anything directing can offer.

“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:5

2 Timothy is a bold, clear call for perseverance in the gospel in spite of suffering. Paul calls on Timothy to continue the fight of faith, even as Paul is approaching death. I’ve found a greater calling in life and desire to follow God. I’m learning more every day and am loving every minute. I’m beyond grateful for the amazing men God has put into my life to strengthen me and show me what it means to be a man of God. I’m thankful for all my friends who have shown me genuine kindness and friendship. I love to listen to my friends and people I meet talk about God, religion, theology, etc. I feel I learn best through interactions with others although I cannot put a fathomable value on the quiet times where God and I have some always needed one-on-one time.

I find it intriguing that as I’ve written this, I’ve been listening to Sufjan Stevens all the way through. By far my favorite artist, yet I rarely have him playing on my iTunes. I find this intriguing because I feel this is an accurate depiction of how I act toward God sometimes. I know I love God for his grace, what he has done for me and how he has impacted my life and I always thoroughly enjoy time spent with him, just like time listening to Sufjan. He’s the artist I play whenever I need to get seriously working on a project, calm down, or simply relax, yet I rarely allow this to happen. I know God is who I should run to when I am lost, need someone to talk to (gotta love the two-way-ness of prayer) and to simply relax. Yet, I don’t always allow God into my life and help with my struggles like I should. This contributed to the idea for the title of this blog: “Illuminating the Vacancy Sign.” On any vacancy sign, you’ll have two words: No, Vacancy. So often I try to go through life with either both words lit or simply the “No” lit. I’m trying to live my life better in a way where the “No” is never on and the “Vacancy” part is always illuminated. Allowing God to come into my life and fill the holes I have was the best decision I ever made. . . now to keep on illuminating that vacancy sign.